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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy is that all Parliamentary Written Questions should be answered in full in all parts. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL5810 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 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House, I have a particular responsibility to encourage departments to be punctual in answering written questions, but the content of each answer is a matter for the minister concerned. All Ministers are accountable to the House for those answers. That direct accountability is important: that is why Ministers in this House must provide personally signed answers to members.</p><p> </p><p>To inform Ministers in answering questions put to them, the Ministerial Code says that “It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament”. It also makes clear that “Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament and the public, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest”. In addition, the longstanding rules of this House on Questions for Written Answer (rules that the House reaffirmed in agreeing to the Procedure Committee’s 5<sup>th</sup> Report of the 2014-15 Session) set out that all answers should be complete and comprehensible.</p><p> </p><p>If any member has particular concerns about a response that they have received that they consider does not adhere to these rules, I would encourage them to raise it with me directly.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL5717 more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T13:45:04.013Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T13:45:04.013Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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2479
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Laird more like this
417506
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-08more like thismore than 2015-09-08
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords Composition more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Leader of the House on 7 September (HL Deb, col 1212), whether they will publish the statistics on which they base the statement that the Government face a combined opposition of 80 Peers, which is twice the size faced by the last Labour Government. more like this
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Lord Grocott more like this
star this property uin HL2102 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-09-21
star this property answer text <p>At the end of the 2009-10 session, of those peers eligible to take part in the work of the House of Lords there were 211 Labour members, 185 Conservative members and 72 Liberal Democrat members – meaning there were 46 more peers sitting on the benches of the two largest political parties in opposition than there were peers on the Government benches.</p><p> </p><p>As of 18 September, of those peers eligible to take part in the work of the House of Lords there are 223 Conservative members, 211 Labour members and 101 Liberal Democrat members – meaning there are 89 more peers sitting on the benches of the two largest political parties in opposition than there are peers on the Government benches.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2015-09-21T14:48:46.16Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-21T14:48:46.16Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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276
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
143445
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Select Committee Reports more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House how many times in the last 10 years no Government response to a Lords Select Committee report was forthcoming eight months or longer after the report’s publication; and what were the subjects of the report or reports in question. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL2730 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 2014-11-21more like thismore than 2014-11-21
star this property answer text <p>This information is not held centrally; it could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2014-11-21T14:44:34.197Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-21T14:44:34.197Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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4202
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Lexden more like this
391050
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-17more like thismore than 2015-07-17
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Political Parties more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House on what basis a political party with 7.9 per cent of the national vote at a general election holds front bench status in the House of Lords. more like this
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Lord Campbell-Savours more like this
star this property uin HL1588 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 2015-07-20more like thismore than 2015-07-20
star this property answer text <p>The second largest opposition party is neither formally defined nor given specific speaking rights by the Standing Orders of the House or the Companion to the Standing Orders. The Companion to Standing Orders does, however, set out several areas where the “opposition front benches” have the right to speak for longer than backbenchers or have rights to speak at specific points in proceedings.<br><br>Of the political parties represented in the House, only the Official Opposition and the Liberal Democrat group operate frontbenches of a size that permits them to shadow each Government department. It is for that reason that the definition of “opposition frontbenches” that applied in practice before the 2010 Parliament has been reverted to in this Parliament. <br><br>It remains open to any member who wishes to propose a change to current arrangements to make representations to me and/or make a submission to the Procedure Committee.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL1135 more like this
HL1136 more like this
HL1137 more like this
HL1138 more like this
HL1139 more like this
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less than 2015-07-20T16:47:20.883Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-20T16:47:20.883Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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499
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Campbell-Savours more like this
387760
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Parliamentary Procedure more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what cross-party discussions have taken place regarding the recognition of opposition front-bench speaking rights for Liberal Democrat spokesmen in the House of Lords. more like this
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Lord Campbell-Savours more like this
star this property uin HL1137 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 2015-07-20more like thismore than 2015-07-20
star this property answer text <p>The second largest opposition party is neither formally defined nor given specific speaking rights by the Standing Orders of the House or the Companion to the Standing Orders. The Companion to Standing Orders does, however, set out several areas where the “opposition front benches” have the right to speak for longer than backbenchers or have rights to speak at specific points in proceedings.<br><br>Of the political parties represented in the House, only the Official Opposition and the Liberal Democrat group operate frontbenches of a size that permits them to shadow each Government department. It is for that reason that the definition of “opposition frontbenches” that applied in practice before the 2010 Parliament has been reverted to in this Parliament. <br><br>It remains open to any member who wishes to propose a change to current arrangements to make representations to me and/or make a submission to the Procedure Committee.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL1135 more like this
HL1136 more like this
HL1138 more like this
HL1139 more like this
HL1588 more like this
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less than 2015-07-20T16:47:20.583Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-20T16:47:20.583Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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499
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Campbell-Savours more like this
40536
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-02-27more like thismore than 2014-02-27
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Ministry of Justice with regard to the 13 questions asked of that department out of the 27 which remained unanswered after 10 working days on 27 February. more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL5681 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 2014-03-13more like thismore than 2014-03-13
star this property answer text <p>Of the 13 questions to the Ministry of Justice that remained unanswered after 10 working days on 27 February, all but one have now been answered. <br><br>I take the matter of late answers to Questions for Written Answer very seriously. My office reviews the &lsquo;Questions unanswered after 10 working days&rsquo; in <em>House of Lords Business </em>every day. As soon as a question appears in this section of <em>House of Lords Business</em>, my office contacts the relevant department&rsquo;s Parliamentary Team, and they remain in contact with the Parliamentary Team and the Minister&rsquo;s Private Office until the question is answered. <br><br>I have also recently taken the opportunity to discuss the need for timely answers with members of the front bench in this House.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Hill of Oareford more like this
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less than 2014-03-13T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-13T12:00:00.00Z
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4144
star this property label Biography information for Lord Hill of Oareford more like this
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883
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
226856
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-11more like thismore than 2015-03-11
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Treasury: Written Questions 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 the Leader of the House what discussions she has had with HM Treasury in the light of 12 of the 15 Written Questions awaiting answer on 11 March for more than the target 10 working days being to HM Treasury. more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL5645 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 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
star this property answer text <p>I take very seriously my responsibility as Leader of the House to encourage Ministers to be punctual in answering written questions. My office immediately approach departments who have not responded to questions after 10 working days, and remain in contact with them until the questions are answered. This process was followed with HM Treasury for the 12 questions that remained unanswered after 10 working days on 11 March. All of those questions have now been answered. At the end of this Session I will publish data on each department’s promptness in dealing with Questions for Written Answer to allow for proper scrutiny of their performance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T13:41:23.26Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T13:41:23.26Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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883
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
417910
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-09more like thismore than 2015-09-09
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Justice: Written Questions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what explanation she has received from the Ministry of Justice about the failure to answer Lord Falconer of Thoroton's Question for Written Answer tabled on 21 July, before Wednesday 9 September, 25 working days after an answer was due. more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL2143 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-09-21
star this property answer text <p>My office makes regular contact with all Government departments that are unable to meet the 10 working day target within which to answer Questions for Written Answer. Every effort is made to address delays and to remind departments of their responsibilities to Parliament.</p><p>I have recently taken the opportunity to discuss the need for timely answers with all members of the Government front bench in this House, and written to the five departments with the greatest proportion of late responses in the 2014/15 session to make clear the House’s expectations and to stress the importance of timely responses. My office will continue to work with all departments to ensure prompt and satisfactory answers to Questions for Written Answer.</p><p>The delay in the particular case to which the noble Lord refers related to delays in gathering the required data. The question tabled by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 21 July has now been answered.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2015-09-21T14:45:20.35Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-21T14:45:20.35Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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883
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
227330
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-13more like thismore than 2015-03-13
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she issues to Departments in respect of their providing full answers to questions for written answer, particularly when failure to answer has been followed up. more like this
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes more like this
star this property uin HL5717 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 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House, I have a particular responsibility to encourage departments to be punctual in answering written questions, but the content of each answer is a matter for the minister concerned. All Ministers are accountable to the House for those answers. That direct accountability is important: that is why Ministers in this House must provide personally signed answers to members.</p><p> </p><p>To inform Ministers in answering questions put to them, the Ministerial Code says that “It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament”. It also makes clear that “Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament and the public, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest”. In addition, the longstanding rules of this House on Questions for Written Answer (rules that the House reaffirmed in agreeing to the Procedure Committee’s 5<sup>th</sup> Report of the 2014-15 Session) set out that all answers should be complete and comprehensible.</p><p> </p><p>If any member has particular concerns about a response that they have received that they consider does not adhere to these rules, I would encourage them to raise it with me directly.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL5810 more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T13:45:04.12Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T13:45:04.12Z
unstar this property answering member
4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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3596
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Gardner of Parkes more like this
387759
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Parliamentary Procedure more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what rules apply, and what advice is sought, when a political party seeks to establish or assume front-bench speaking rights in the House of Lords; and when the rules were first established. more like this
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Lord Campbell-Savours more like this
star this property uin HL1136 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 2015-07-20more like thismore than 2015-07-20
star this property answer text <p>The second largest opposition party is neither formally defined nor given specific speaking rights by the Standing Orders of the House or the Companion to the Standing Orders. The Companion to Standing Orders does, however, set out several areas where the “opposition front benches” have the right to speak for longer than backbenchers or have rights to speak at specific points in proceedings.<br><br>Of the political parties represented in the House, only the Official Opposition and the Liberal Democrat group operate frontbenches of a size that permits them to shadow each Government department. It is for that reason that the definition of “opposition frontbenches” that applied in practice before the 2010 Parliament has been reverted to in this Parliament. <br><br>It remains open to any member who wishes to propose a change to current arrangements to make representations to me and/or make a submission to the Procedure Committee.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL1135 more like this
HL1137 more like this
HL1138 more like this
HL1139 more like this
HL1588 more like this
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less than 2015-07-20T16:47:20.49Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-20T16:47:20.49Z
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4205
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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499
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Campbell-Savours more like this