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Department for Transport more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government in what areas they operate drones; and for what use. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence operates Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) globally for operational surveillance, precision attack and for training purposes.  Reaper RPAS is the only armed system.  It operates only in Afghanistan, and professional, qualified pilots follow the exact same Rules of Engagement as pilots of other aircraft types.</p><p> </p><p>Whilst the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has not used any RPAS, its Centre for Environment Fisheries &amp; Aquaculture Science, Food &amp; Environment Research Agency, Environment Agency, Natural England and Royal Botanic Gardens have used small RPAS to support work on flood defence and coastal erosion, and the monitoring of crops, plants and nature reserves.  All flights were carried out within the UK except for an aerial plant survey in Peru carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.</p><p> </p><p>The Home Office does not itself operate RPAS and the only police force operationally using a system (albeit very occasionally) is Staffordshire. This system is mostly used for patrol sweeps of car park and camping areas at V Festival, security sweeps for VIP events at the National Arboretum, they have also carried out some missing person, search and rescue, and counter-poaching tasks.</p><p> </p><p>Sussex Police have completed formal training and are now in the process of gathering experience with their own RPAS system – although if an important operational task came up RPAS would be deployed. The formal start date for the trial is in the near future.</p><p> </p><p>Kent Police, as part of the 2 Seas project, have hosted some RPAS trial flights to assess the performance of the system. They are planning to host an event about the project in July.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-13more like thismore than 2014-03-13
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their plans to introduce new electrified railway lines between Manchester and Liverpool in December, whether they have taken into account the availability of electric trains as part of their negotiations to procure rolling stock. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
unstar this property answer text <p>As announced today (27 March) the Department for Transport has granted a Direct Award to Northern for 22 months and is working with them to ensure rolling stock is available for a phased rollout of electric services between Liverpool and Manchester from the December 2014 timetable.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department takes account of availability of electric rolling stock in its decisions and the stock for this route will be modern, cascaded stock from other routes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
42734
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Department for Education 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 Education, what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) his Department and (b) any executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies of his Department in the current financial year. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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Hilary Benn more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-19more like thismore than 2014-03-19
unstar this property answer text <p>Since May 2010 the Department for Education has reduced the size of its estate from 30 properties, at a cost of circa £51 million per annum, to 11 properties costing circa £34 million per annum. This is a saving of circa £17 million per annum. The Department is planning to further reduce the size of the estate to 6 properties. This will achieve further annual savings to the Department of circa £2.5 million. The Department also plans to vacate Sanctuary Buildings at lease expiry in 2017.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Education, including the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), has the following vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS property database.</p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p>Number of properties</p></td><td><p>Business Rates 13-14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Education</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>£79,010.25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>£9,222.00</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The Department for Education properties are legacy Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) properties which became the Department's responsibility following the closure of the TEC in the early 2000s. The Department had successfully sub-let a number of facilities, although over the last three years some of the sub-tenants have operated lease break options and the properties are again vacant.</p><p> </p><p>These properties are advertised on the Government Property Unit's e-PIMS property database for use by other Government Departments and we are also marketing these facilities to the private sector, via letting agents, to secure new sub-tenants in order to mitigate costs, including business rates. The Department has offered all vacant properties listed above to the Government business incubator initiative and for free schools.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss more like this
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less than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Scotland have (a) received a sanction and (b) received a sanction and disputed it in each of the last five years; and how many such claimants had a sanction overturned as a result of it being reconsidered or appealed in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Banff and Buchan more like this
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Dr Eilidh Whiteford more like this
star this property uin 191732 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>Information on the number of sanctions received by individuals in Scotland is published and available at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a></p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users is available at:</p><p><a href="https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm" target="_blank">https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm</a></p><p> </p><p>Information requested for those whose sanction has been overturned is not currently available.</p><p> </p><p>DWP statisticians identified a data issue in the JSA sanctions appeal outcomes data. In line with normal practice for official statistics, the Department has withdrawn this particular set of information. The data will be made available again as soon as possible pending investigations by DWP statisticians who will, if necessary, make corrections to this data.</p><p> </p><p>For further information see here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions</a></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Eilidh Whiteford more like this
42869
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received sanctions of their jobseeker's allowance for non-attendance in (a) Portsmouth South constituency, (b) Portsmouth, (c) Hampshire and (d) England to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Portsmouth South more like this
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Mr Mike Hancock more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-19more like thismore than 2014-03-19
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The information requested is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Number of individuals who had their Jobseeker's Allowance sanctioned for failure to attend, from April 2000 to September 2013.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Failure to attend</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>1,408,227</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hampshire</p></td><td><p>16,794</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Portsmouth UA</p></td><td><p>5,169</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Portsmouth South constituency</p></td><td><p>3,158</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate: Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Notes: </p><p> </p><ol start="1" type="1"><li>Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) figures have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.</li></ol><p> </p><p>2. A table produced with no breakdowns, only containing a total, will be a measure of the total number of individual people who have had a (JSA) sanction decision made i.e. an individual person will be counted once, irrespective of their characteristics, sanction decision outcome, reason for referral etc.</p><p> </p><p>3. New sanctions rules came into force for JSA from 22 October 2012. The number of JSA sanctions applied for the new regime is the number of low, intermediate, and high level referrals where the decision was found against the claimant. Further information can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jobseekers-allowance-overview-of-sanctions-rules" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jobseekers-allowance-overview-of-sanctions-rules</a></p><p> </p><p>4. Information on the old JSA regime is available from April 2000 to 21 October 2012. The number of JSA sanctions applied was the number of fixed length, varied length and entitlement decisions where the decision was found against the claimant.</p><p> </p><p>5. The figure for Hampshire includes the following local authorities: Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley and Winchester.</p><p> </p><p>6. Failure to attend includes: Failure to attend a place on a training scheme or employment programme, Failure to attend or failure to participate in an Adviser interview and Failure to attend Back to Work Session, without good reason.</p><p> </p><p>7. This information is published and available at:</p><p> </p><p> <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Mike Hancock more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to promote small business entrepreneurial skills for people who are currently unemployed. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p /> <p>The Government is keen to promote and provide support to help people start and build their own business. One of the ways we are doing this is through the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).</p><p> </p><p>The NEA provides access to business mentoring and financial support for people on benefits interested in starting up their own business. The financial support consists of a weekly allowance payable over 26 week's worth up to £1,274. If participants need start-up capital they may also apply for an unsecured loan through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills start-up loan scheme.</p><p> </p><p>So far 32,520 businesses have been created and 56,700 claimants have started working with a mentor.</p><p> </p><p>We announced in the Autumn Statement our intention to extend the scheme through to 2015/16.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of the removal of the under-occupancy penalty on the number of children living in relative income poverty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton West more like this
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Julie Hilling more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-19more like thismore than 2014-03-19
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>This information could be only provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>This Government has made good progress in tackling the root causes of child poverty and has recently published the 2014-17 draft child poverty strategy for consultation which outlines the actions we are taking. The latest figures from 2011/12 show that 2.3m (17%) children are in relative income poverty – down 300,000 since 2009/10. These are the lowest level since the mid-1980s.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Julie Hilling more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce long term unemployment in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Peterborough more like this
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Mr Stewart Jackson more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The government are committed to helping people off benefits and into work, so it is encouraging that we have seen record numbers of people in work nationally, with unemployment falling.</p><p> </p><p>The Government's Work Programme revolutionises the help available to people who were in danger of becoming long-term unemployed. Private providers offer tailored help to people who may have been out of work for many years – moving them closer to getting a job. According to Industry figures released this month (March), half a million people have found work through the Work Programme.</p><p> </p><p>We are determined to do everything we can to support those people who are hardest to help into work, and that is what the Work Programme is designed to do, whilst also being a good deal for the tax payer.</p><p> </p><p>Work Coaches in local Jobcentres now have the flexibility to offer all claimants a comprehensive menu of help which includes skills provision, job search support and the Flexible Support Fund.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Stewart Jackson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has issued on the requirement to have £16,000 or less in savings for eligibility for income-based jobseeker's allowance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-19more like thismore than 2014-03-19
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p /> <p /> <p>For Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), guidance on the requirement to have £16000 or less in capital and savings is in the JSA procedural guidance. Corresponding guidance for Decision Makers is in the Decision Makers Guide, chapter 29.</p><p> </p><p>Public facing communications are available via the:</p><p>· Government website <a href="http://www.gov.uk/" target="_blank">www.gov.uk</a>;</p><p>· information leaflet INF4: changes you must tell us about; and </p><p>· Jobseeker's Allowance: help while you look for work leaflet.</p><p> </p><p>There has always been a level above which income-based JSA was not payable if savings were held since 1996.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-13more like thismore than 2014-03-13
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he received the Work Programme Evaluation: Interim meta-report; what his plans are for its publication; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>Draft findings from the phase of the evaluation covered by the interim report were received by the Department in August 2013. The Department will publish findings once the independent evaluation of the Work Programme is complete. </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this