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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-01-09more like thismore than 2014-01-09
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HM Treasury more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c) via framework agreements and (d) via a tendering process involving the use of a pre-qualification questionnaire in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Nottingham East more like this
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Chris Leslie more like this
star this property uin 182696 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>Since January 2011, central government departments have been required to publish on Contracts Finder information on the tenders issued and contracts they award with a value over £10,000 (excluding VAT) (www.gov.uk/contractsfinder).</p><p> </p><p>Public Procurement Regulations require that prescribed procurement procedures are used when procurements exceed the EU contract threshold values. This legal framework helps to ensure that public procurement is conducted in a fair and open manner both within the UK and across the EU.</p><p> </p><p>Less than two percent of all contracts were let under the restricted procedure in each of the last three years.</p><p> </p><p>In 2010/11 there was one contract let under the restricted procedure. This was for actuarial support to the independent commission on Equitable Life Payments that was set up by this government to recommend how best to fairly allocate funds provided for the Equitable Life Payments Scheme (ELPS) and had a contract value of £1million.</p><p> </p><p>In 2011/12 there were two contracts let under the restricted procedure. They were (i) Corporate Financial Advice framework contract (estimated contract value of £5 million over the 2 years but no guaranteed spend)and (ii) a contract for actuarial support for (ELPS) in making fair and transparent payments to Equitable Life policyholders who suffered financial losses as a result of Government maladministration which occurred in the regulation of Equitable Life. The contract value was £5.4 million.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The information requested for the proportion and value of HM Treasury contracts that have been let via framework agreements and where a tendering process involving the use of a pre-qualification questionnaire in each of the last three years is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom 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 Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Chris Leslie more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-02-04more like thismore than 2014-02-04
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HM Treasury more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in his Department as paid the living wage or above. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
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Mr David Ward more like this
star this property uin 186697 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>100% of permanent and temporary staff at HM Treasury are paid the Living Wage or above.</p><p> </p><p>HM Treasury fully complies with EU procurement directives and awards contracts on the basis of the best value for money for the taxpayer. Nevertheless, we have encouraged contractors to commit to paying a living wage and expect all employers to pay at least the national minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p>The Government supports businesses that choose to pay the Living Wage however the Government's main policy on wages is the National Minimum Wage, which has continued to protect the relative wages of the low paid. This is independently set by the Low Pay Commission at a level that maximises their wages without reducing employment prospect. It is for workers and employers to decide the level of wages above the minimum wage based on current circumstances. This includes the Government as a procurer and an employer. Over 95%, around 20 million employees earn above the minimum wage and the majority of public sector workers currently earn above the Living Wage.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom 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 Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr David Ward more like this
31322
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-01-07more like thismore than 2014-01-07
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of an interest rate rise on customers whose mortgages are held by UKAR; and what support is available to assist such customers to switch providers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Cathy Jamieson more like this
star this property uin 182196 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>This Government's long term economic plan has kept interest rates at record lows for hardworking people across the country.</p><p> </p><p>Many lenders impose affordability stress tests on their mortgage lending decisions to ensure that the mortgage will remain affordable should interest rates rise. The Financial Conduct Authority's Mortgage Market Review rules, which came into force in April this year will require all mortgage lenders to conduct such a stress test.</p><p> </p><p>Although UKAR does not engage in new lending, UKAR runs a range of modelling scenarios to understand the potential effects of interest rate rises on customers. This work helps UKAR to identify customers who may be susceptible to higher interest rates and to engage with such customers at an early stage.</p><p> </p><p>UKAR assists all customers who wish to switch mortgage providers.</p><p> </p><p>NRAM and Bradford and Bingley are managed by UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR) which was established in 2010 to manage the disposal and rundown of outstanding assets at Bradford &amp; Bingley and Northern Rock Asset Management in an integrated way, with a view to creating value for the taxpayer. UKAR is managed at arm's length from Government, on commercial principles.</p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not for the Chancellor to discuss detailed commercial matters with UKAR.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 182195 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 Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cathy Jamieson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-01-07more like thismore than 2014-01-07
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 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 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with UKAR regarding the potential effect on customers of a rise in interest rates. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Cathy Jamieson more like this
star this property uin 182195 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>This Government's long term economic plan has kept interest rates at record lows for hardworking people across the country.</p><p> </p><p>Many lenders impose affordability stress tests on their mortgage lending decisions to ensure that the mortgage will remain affordable should interest rates rise. The Financial Conduct Authority's Mortgage Market Review rules, which came into force in April this year will require all mortgage lenders to conduct such a stress test.</p><p> </p><p>Although UKAR does not engage in new lending, UKAR runs a range of modelling scenarios to understand the potential effects of interest rate rises on customers. This work helps UKAR to identify customers who may be susceptible to higher interest rates and to engage with such customers at an early stage.</p><p> </p><p>UKAR assists all customers who wish to switch mortgage providers.</p><p> </p><p>NRAM and Bradford and Bingley are managed by UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR) which was established in 2010 to manage the disposal and rundown of outstanding assets at Bradford &amp; Bingley and Northern Rock Asset Management in an integrated way, with a view to creating value for the taxpayer. UKAR is managed at arm's length from Government, on commercial principles.</p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not for the Chancellor to discuss detailed commercial matters with UKAR.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 182196 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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4117
star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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4011
unstar this property label Biography information for Cathy Jamieson more like this
38564
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star this property date less than 2014-02-12more like thismore than 2014-02-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 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 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the private offices of each of his Department's Ministers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Durham more like this
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Mr Kevan Jones more like this
star this property uin 188327 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
unstar this property answer text <p>I can confirm that Ministers have a total of 256.08 sq m of office space currently assigned to them.</p><p> </p><p>In total, there are 35staff working in ministerial offices, compared to 38 members of staff in 2009. This is as follows:</p><p> </p><p>Range B: 6</p><p>Range C: 8</p><p>Range D: 13</p><p>Range E: 5</p><p>Range E2: 2</p><p>SCS: 1</p><p> </p><p>These figures are based on the latest data available for staffing numbers for HMT Treasury as of May 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Kevan Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many allegations of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault were made within the chain of command against members of the armed forces in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013; and, of such cases, how many resulted in a prosecution by the Service Prosecution Authority. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Dunbartonshire more like this
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Gemma Doyle more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
unstar this property answer text <p>All allegations of rape and sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated by either the civil or Service police, depending upon who has jurisdiction. The following table provides details of the number of allegations of rape and sexual assault made within the chain of command against members of the Armed Forces in each of the last four years as recorded by the Service Police. Reference to rape covers offences under section one and sexual assault covers offences under sections two and three of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Offence</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rape</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sexual Assault</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>77</p></td><td><p>50</p></td><td><p>60</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The following table provides details of the number of referrals to the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) in each of the last four years, the number directed for trial and the number of convictions in the Military Court Service.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Rape Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial</strong></p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0<sup>1</sup></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Assault Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>51</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>45</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial </strong></p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>7<sup>2</sup></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Seven further cases are currently on trial.</p><p><sup>2</sup> 11 Trials ongoing</p><p> </p><p>The SPA may receive referrals in one year and the cases are directed/not directed and/or tried in the following year, so there is no direct correlation to the number of cases brought in any one year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I should also like to take the opportunity to clarify the relationship between the figures provided in this answer, and earlier answers. The figures for sexual assaults in this answer are different to those provided by the then Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) on 6 July 2012 (Official Report, column 822W) in response to a question from the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), for sexual assault referrals in the years between 2010 and 2012 (although 2012 was only for part of the year). This is because the term sexual assault has been expanded to cover the offences of indecent assault and sexual activity with a child. In addition, the figures provided in a response given by my predecessor (Mark Francois) on 30 November 2012 (Official Report, column 555W) again to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) referred only to the number of cases where the victim was a member of the Armed Forces. The figures in the tables above cover all cases handled by the SPA, whether or not the victim was a member of the Armed Forces.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property file name Hansard Extract 30 November 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 30 Nov 12 more like this
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star this property file name Hansard extract 6 July 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 6 July 12 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 190437 more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gemma Doyle more like this
41184
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 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 Defence, how many prosecutions of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault of members of the armed forces resulted in a conviction by the Military Courts Service in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Dunbartonshire more like this
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Gemma Doyle more like this
star this property uin 190437 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
unstar this property answer text <p>All allegations of rape and sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated by either the civil or Service police, depending upon who has jurisdiction. The following table provides details of the number of allegations of rape and sexual assault made within the chain of command against members of the Armed Forces in each of the last four years as recorded by the Service Police. Reference to rape covers offences under section one and sexual assault covers offences under sections two and three of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Offence</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rape</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sexual Assault</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>77</p></td><td><p>50</p></td><td><p>60</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The following table provides details of the number of referrals to the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) in each of the last four years, the number directed for trial and the number of convictions in the Military Court Service.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Rape Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial</strong></p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0<sup>1</sup></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Assault Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>51</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>45</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial </strong></p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>7<sup>2</sup></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Seven further cases are currently on trial.</p><p><sup>2</sup> 11 Trials ongoing</p><p> </p><p>The SPA may receive referrals in one year and the cases are directed/not directed and/or tried in the following year, so there is no direct correlation to the number of cases brought in any one year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I should also like to take the opportunity to clarify the relationship between the figures provided in this answer, and earlier answers. The figures for sexual assaults in this answer are different to those provided by the then Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) on 6 July 2012 (Official Report, column 822W) in response to a question from the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), for sexual assault referrals in the years between 2010 and 2012 (although 2012 was only for part of the year). This is because the term sexual assault has been expanded to cover the offences of indecent assault and sexual activity with a child. In addition, the figures provided in a response given by my predecessor (Mark Francois) on 30 November 2012 (Official Report, column 555W) again to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) referred only to the number of cases where the victim was a member of the Armed Forces. The figures in the tables above cover all cases handled by the SPA, whether or not the victim was a member of the Armed Forces.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property file name Hansard Extract 30 November 2012.doc more like this
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star this property file name Hansard extract 6 July 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 6 July 12 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 190438 more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gemma Doyle more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-10more like thismore than 2014-03-10
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Department for Transport 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 sanctions have been applied in the last 12 months for poor quality performance on the Birmingham Cross City line by London Midland. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL5871 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
unstar this property answer text We have applied no sanctions against London Midland in regard to performance on the Birmingham Cross City line; we do not disaggregate performance by the train operators to that level. In the autumn of 2012 London Midland experienced a high number of cancellations, largely due to issues with availability of train crew. As a result, they breached the terms of their Franchise Agreement, and a remedial plan and package of benefits was agreed with the Department. As the Secretary of State for Transport announced to the House on 20 December 2012, this package included passenger benefits of: 500,000 discounted tickets, free travel for season ticket holders (worth up to c.£5.4m), capital investment, and additional driver training investment worth a combined £6.25m more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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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 Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-11more like thismore than 2014-03-11
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Department for Transport 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 action they intend to take in the light of the judgments of the Supreme Court in the case of Stott v Thomas CookTour Operators Ltd [2014] UKSC 15 to ensure that airline passengers have redress for violations of their fundamental human rights. more like this
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill more like this
star this property uin HL5915 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 Department for Transport is currently considering the decision of the Supreme Court Judgement on the Stott v Thomas Cook case and any actions that may be necessary as a result.</p> more like this
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 Lord Lester of Herne Hill more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thismore than 2014-03-12
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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
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
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
star this property uin HL5981 more like this
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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>
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