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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 hansard heading Asylum: Children 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 how many unaccompanied children seeking asylum who have not yet received a decision on their case have been waiting for a decision for (1) over two years, (2) 18 months to two years, (3) one year to 18 months, and (4) six months to one year. more like this
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Baroness Stroud more like this
star this property uin HL14716 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office does not publish this data in the format requested, however we are committed to publishing more detailed figures in future data releases.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We are able to provide a breakdown of total applications pending by duration (±6 months), but we can’t separately identify UASC’s in the dataset. The table has been reproduced below:</del></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">Pending Duration (Initial Decision)</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">Main applicants</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">Main + dependants</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">More than 6 months</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">12,213</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">16,555</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">Less than 6 months</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">15,043</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">19,300</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>Total</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>27,256</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>35,855</strong></del></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office takes its responsibility for the welfare of children very seriously, including ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of the child. There are stringent statutory and policy safeguards in place in the asylum process for unaccompanied children, in recognition of their additional needs.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are looked after by local authorities who have a statutory duty to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality. Under these arrangements, children are assessed with regard to their individual needs and provided with access to education, accommodation and health services, as would be provided to any other looked after child in the UK.</del></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office does not publish this data in the format requested, however we are committed to publishing more detailed figures in future data releases.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">We are able to provide a breakdown of total applications pending by duration (±6 months), but we can’t separately identify UASC’s in the dataset. The table has been reproduced below:</ins></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Pending Duration (Initial Decision)</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Main applicants</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Main + dependants</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">More than 6 months</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">12,213</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">16,555</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Less than 6 months</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">15,043</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">19,300</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>Total</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>27,256</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>35,855</strong></ins></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><ins class="ministerial">Children and unaccompanied children seeking asylum, like anyone else claiming asylum in the UK, can claim in two ways; either at port of entry or at one of the national intake units.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office takes its responsibility for the welfare of children very seriously, including ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of the child. There are stringent statutory and policy safeguards in place in the asylum process for unaccompanied children, in recognition of their additional needs.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">While in the UK, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are looked after by local authorities who have a statutory duty to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality. Under these arrangements, children are assessed with regard to their individual needs and provided with access to education, accommodation and health services, as would be provided to any other looked after child in the UK.</ins></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2019-04-03T16:11:18.253Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T16:11:18.253Z
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less than 2019-04-03T16:24:58.29Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T16:24:58.29Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Stroud more like this
1092427
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading World Down Syndrome Day 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 plans they have to mark the UN's World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March; and what steps they are taking to ensure that people with Down syndrome have equal opportunities in all aspects of society. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL14684 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government marked this year's World Down Syndrome Day by co-sponsoring and participating in a key side event called &quot;Leave no one behind&quot; at the 21<sup>st</sup> Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva. The event's theme was “Ensuring all persons with Down Syndrome can access meaningful employment and an adequate standard of living on a full and equal basis with others.”</p><p> </p><p>The Government is fully committed to its vision - to create a society that works for everyone, where all can participate fully and be included. Therefore, Government Departments have invested in a range of programmes and initiatives to ensure that disabled people including persons with Down Syndrome are not left behind in all aspects of society such as in employment, education, health, housing, transport and sport.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-04-02T15:28:58.37Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T15:28:58.37Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1092428
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading High Speed 2 Railway Line 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 report by the New Economic Foundation A Rail Network for Everyone: probing HS2 and its alternatives, published on 20 March, in particular its conclusions that (1) HS2 will make the north–south divide worse by concentrating wealth in London, and (2) the budget for HS2 should be invested in the existing railway network instead. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL14685 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 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
star this property answer text <p>HS2 has the potential to be a transformative infrastructure project that will help to rebalance our economy. The report misrepresents evidence that by no means suggests that HS2 would exacerbate a North-South divide. The project has cross-party Parliamentary support and significant support from political leaders in the North and Midlands, in particular, who can see the benefits this project can have in terms of job creation, providing new apprenticeships and opportunities for large and small businesses, unlocking commercial space and regeneration and facilitating new housing.</p><p> </p><p>The project is already leading to significant investment in Birmingham and we expect it to deliver similar growth in towns and cities across the North. HS2 not only represents an investment in the economies of the North and Midlands, it will also add additional capacity where our rail network needs it most and the trains will call at 25 stations across the UK, as far as Edinburgh and Glasgow, which will improve people’s connections between towns and cities the breath of the UK.</p><p> </p><p>To present the investment in our rail network as an either / or between modernising the existing network and investing in new infrastructure is both misleading and inaccurate. In Control Period 6 the government is planning to invest £48bn on our rail network, this is in addition to HS2 and the emerging plans Transport for the North has developed for Northern Powerhouse Rail. While upgrading existing lines is essential, doing that alone would not provide the long-term capacity that is so vitally needed – HS2 will deliver capacity roughly equivalent to two new dual three-lane motorways - would lead to more disruption for passengers on the existing networks, and more importantly it would not offer the range of economic benefits that City Regions and LEPs have set out in their HS2 Growth Strategies.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-04-02T13:53:32.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T13:53:32.557Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1092429
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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 Jamal Khashoggi more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 March (HL14319), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what support they are giving to the government of Turkey in its request for those accused of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to be returned to stand trial in that country. more like this
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Lord Balfe more like this
star this property uin HL14686 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
star this property answer text <p>As the Foreign Secretary has said, the Government condemns Jamal Khashoggi's killing in the strongest possible terms. The Government remains clear that anyone found responsible must be held fully accountable.</p><p>The ongoing Saudi judicial process is an important element in the process to establish accountability. The question of those accused standing trial in Turkey is a matter to be resolved by the Turkish and Saudi Arabian governments.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-04-03T14:44:49.513Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T14:44:49.513Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1092430
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Voluntary Schools: Admissions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that measures designed to prevent voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their pupils based on faith from having a detrimental impact on social cohesion, such as school linking programmes and religious diversity on governing bodies, are implemented and maintained once those schools have opened. more like this
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Baroness Blackstone more like this
star this property uin HL14687 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-29more like thismore than 2019-03-29
star this property answer text <p>Schools play a vital role in promoting integration and encouraging greater community cohesion and this includes faith schools.</p><p>The Integrated Communities Strategy made clear the important role schools play in knitting communities together. All state funded schools, whatever their type, have a legal obligation to promote community cohesion and to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, and are under a duty to foster good relations between different groups. They are also required to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Their effectiveness in doing so is inspected by Ofsted.</p><p>Many existing faith schools have a strong record on promoting integration and the department encourages them, as well as all new schools, to engage in programmes such as school linking, that promote social mixing within and across schools. The department is taking forward over 20 measures across its portfolio to support the sector to promote integration, as set out in the Integrated Communities Action Plan. This can be accessed at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/integrated-communities-action-plan" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/integrated-communities-action-plan</a>.</p><p>This document is also attached.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL14691 more like this
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less than 2019-03-29T13:13:05.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-29T13:13:05.843Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property file name Integrated_Communities_Strategy_Govt_Action_Plan.pdf more like this
star this property title Integrated_Communities_Strategy_Govt_Action_Plan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1092431
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Voluntary Schools: Admissions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that local objections to proposals for new voluntary-aided faith schools with the legal power to select all of their pupils based on faith are adequately taken into account by local authority decision-makers. more like this
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Baroness Blackstone more like this
star this property uin HL14688 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-29more like thismore than 2019-03-29
star this property answer text <p>Alongside the launch of the capital scheme for new voluntary-aided schools, the department published the updated and attached statutory guidance for proposers and decision-makers on opening and closing maintained schools.</p><p>The guidance explains that proposers are required to consult prior to publishing statutory proposals for a new school and hold a four-week representation period once the statutory proposals have been published. In deciding proposals, decision-makers (usually the local authority) must take any comments received during the representation period into account.</p><p>The statutory guidance sets out the department’s expectations on how the consultations are carried out, including the Cabinet Office guidance on consultation principles.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-03-29T14:24:21.42Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-29T14:24:21.42Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property file name Opening_and_Closing_maintained_schools_Guidance.pdf more like this
star this property title Opening_and_closing_maintained_schools_guidance more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1092432
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Voluntary Schools: Admissions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their pupils based on faith will have on religious integration. more like this
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Baroness Blackstone more like this
star this property uin HL14689 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 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
star this property answer text <p>Many schools with faith-based admissions have diverse intakes, and many schools that don’t have faith based admissions have homogenous school populations. While faith schools are allowed to give priority to children of their faith, some choose to allocate only a certain percentage of their places with reference to faith in order to open up places to other children regardless of faith, and many do not have faith admissions criteria at all. Where there are sufficient places, faith schools must offer a place to every applicant regardless of faith.</p><p>The department undertook an extensive series of activities as part of the Schools that Work for Everyone consultation to understand the variety of opinions relating to faith schools. Having considered the views of respondents, and those of a range of other stakeholders, the department decided to establish the voluntary-aided capital scheme alongside retaining the 50% cap in faith admissions in faith designated free schools.</p><p>An analysis of how the voluntary-aided schools capital scheme will affect specific protected groups (equalities impact assessment) is attached and can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/voluntary-aided-schools-capital-scheme-equalities-impact-assessment" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/voluntary-aided-schools-capital-scheme-equalities-impact-assessment</a>.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-04-02T15:33:29.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T15:33:29.51Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property file name HL14689_voluntary_aided_schools_capital_scheme_equalities_impact_assessment.pdf more like this
star this property title HL14689_voluntary_aided_schools_capital_scheme_equ more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1092433
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide funding for additional rounds of the new capital scheme for voluntary-aided schools; and if so, how often they intend to do so. more like this
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Baroness Blackstone more like this
star this property uin HL14690 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 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
star this property answer text <p>The department launched the capital scheme for voluntary-aided schools on the 15 November 2018 and the bidding round closed on 1 February 2019. We plan to launch a second bidding round in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-04-02T16:03:04.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T16:03:04.837Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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3561
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1092435
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Schools: Community Relations 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 what consideration they have given to introducing measures to promote social integration in all schools, in the same manner that has been done for voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their pupils based on faith. more like this
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Baroness Blackstone more like this
star this property uin HL14691 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-29more like thismore than 2019-03-29
star this property answer text <p>Schools play a vital role in promoting integration and encouraging greater community cohesion and this includes faith schools.</p><p>The Integrated Communities Strategy made clear the important role schools play in knitting communities together. All state funded schools, whatever their type, have a legal obligation to promote community cohesion and to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, and are under a duty to foster good relations between different groups. They are also required to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Their effectiveness in doing so is inspected by Ofsted.</p><p>Many existing faith schools have a strong record on promoting integration and the department encourages them, as well as all new schools, to engage in programmes such as school linking, that promote social mixing within and across schools. The department is taking forward over 20 measures across its portfolio to support the sector to promote integration, as set out in the Integrated Communities Action Plan. This can be accessed at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/integrated-communities-action-plan" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/integrated-communities-action-plan</a>.</p><p>This document is also attached.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL14687 more like this
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less than 2019-03-29T13:13:05.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-29T13:13:05.893Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property file name Integrated_Communities_Strategy_Govt_Action_Plan.pdf more like this
star this property title Integrated_Communities_Strategy_Govt_Action_Plan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1092436
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Storms more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe on the relief effort in response to Cyclone Idai. more like this
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Lord Boateng more like this
star this property uin HL14692 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 2019-04-01more like thismore than 2019-04-01
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s focus in responding to Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe is on providing essential health supplies, hygiene kits and child protection support. We continue to monitor the situation closely and stand ready to provide further support as needed. The EU retains sanctions against former President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace Mugabe, and the company Zimbabwe Defence Industries. We consider that sanctions have been an appropriate response to the political violence of the last 15 years. They do no damage to the wider economy or to the people of Zimbabwe and have no impact on the UK’s relief effort.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2019-04-01T15:47:31.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-01T15:47:31.777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Boateng more like this