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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
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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 whether their policy is that all Parliamentary Written Questions should be answered in full in all parts. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL5810 more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-19more like thismore than 2014-11-19
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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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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what steps she takes to ensure the quality of answers to parliamentary questions; and what assessment she has made of the length of time taken to provide them. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL2945 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 2014-12-03more like thismore than 2014-12-03
star this property answer text <p>It is the responsibility of individual ministers to decide what answers they give to Questions for Written Answer (QWAs), and they are of course 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. The Ministerial Code states that <em>“It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament”.<br><br></em>As Leader of the House I have a particular responsibility to encourage Ministers and their departments 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. At the end of this Session I will publish data on the annual performance of departments on their promptness in dealing with QWAs.</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 2014-12-03T12:49:49.887Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-03T12:49:49.887Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-02-03more like thismore than 2016-02-03
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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 Northern Ireland Office: Written Questions 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 the Leader of the House when was the most recent time that she gave guidance to the Northern Ireland Office on the importance of answering parliamentary written questions in full, providing all the information requested. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL5896 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 2016-02-17more like thismore than 2016-02-17
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House, I regularly stress to departments the importance of giving full and timely answers to Questions for Written Answer. The content of each answer is a matter for the Minister concerned, and each Minister is responsible to the House for the answers they provide. That direct accountability is important: that is why Ministers in this House must provide personally signed answers to members.</p><p>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, there is a longstanding rule of this House that all answers should be complete and comprehensible. I shall continue to make this guidance clear to all Ministers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL6043 more like this
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less than 2016-02-17T16:05:06.777Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-17T16:05:06.777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-02-09more like thismore than 2016-02-09
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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 Northern Ireland Office: Written Questions 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 the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 9 February (HL5480), what discussion she has had with the Northern Ireland Office about answering parliamentary written questions in full. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL6043 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 2016-02-17more like thismore than 2016-02-17
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House, I regularly stress to departments the importance of giving full and timely answers to Questions for Written Answer. The content of each answer is a matter for the Minister concerned, and each Minister is responsible to the House for the answers they provide. That direct accountability is important: that is why Ministers in this House must provide personally signed answers to members.</p><p>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, there is a longstanding rule of this House that all answers should be complete and comprehensible. I shall continue to make this guidance clear to all Ministers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL5896 more like this
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less than 2016-02-17T16:05:06.807Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-17T16:05:06.807Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-07more like thismore than 2016-06-07
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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 Emergencies: Planning 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 the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answers by Lord Dunlop on 24 March (HL7079) and 22 January (HL4982), what guidance she has given to the Northern Ireland Office about answering questions fully and substantially, and in particular providing definitions as requested. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL536 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 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
star this property answer text <p>The position has not changed since I answered the Noble Lord’s question HL6043 on 17 February. That answer is included below for your ease of reference and I have nothing further to add to this.</p><p><em>As Leader of the House, I regularly stress to departments the importance of giving full and timely answers to Questions for Written Answer. The content of each answer is a matter for the Minister concerned, and each Minister is responsible to the House for the answers they provide. That direct accountability is important: that is why Ministers in this House must provide personally signed answers to members.</em></p><p><em>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, there is a longstanding rule of this House that all answers should be complete and comprehensible. I shall continue to make this guidance clear to all Ministers.</em></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2016-06-20T12:32:04.197Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T12:32:04.197Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-24more like thismore than 2016-02-24
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: Northern Ireland 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 whether they have an agreement or understanding with Sinn Fein (1) not to bring to court republicans on charges relating to tax fraud in South Armagh, or (2) to bring to court members of the Army who were on duty on Bloody Sunday and who now live in Great Britain. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL6430 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 2016-03-04more like thismore than 2016-03-04
star this property answer text <p>The government does not have any such agreements or understandings in place with Sinn Fein.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2016-03-04T12:11:00.487Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-04T12:11:00.487Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Electricity: Prices more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that companies which supply electricity will reflect reductions in the cost of fuel in their charges to customers. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL4925 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-23more like thismore than 2015-02-23
star this property answer text <p>All of the major suppliers have reduced their standard variable gas tariffs in recent weeks in response to reductions in the wholesale gas price in 2014, but wholesale electricity prices have not fallen as much over the same period. The price of fixed term deals has continued to fall with the cheapest deal on the market £100 cheaper than the cheapest deal a year ago.</p><p>The Competition and Markets Authority has made clear that it will be looking at the relationship between wholesale costs and retail prices as part of its investigation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2015-02-23T16:36:34.897Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-23T16:36:34.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-01-10more like thismore than 2017-01-10
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar 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 Union Learning Fund 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 (1) how much money was paid to the Union Learning Fund last year, and in total since its inception; (2) which trade unions were provided with assistance from the fund last year; (3) how much was provided in each case; and (4) whether they have plans to end these payments or re-assess their efficacy. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL4556 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 2017-01-20more like thismore than 2017-01-20
star this property answer text <p>The Union Learning Fund (ULF) is administered by Unionlearn (the TUC's learning organisation). In the 2015-16 financial year, approximately £11m of funding was allocated to support the ULF.</p><p>As set out in the reply of 8 December 2015 to the Right Honourable Lord’s previous Parliamentary Question (HL3882) on this matter, the ULF was established in 1998 and funding has been provided by a number of different Departments. Between 1998-99 and 2006-07, around £70m of funding was allocated to support the ULF. Since 2006, the ULF has been administered by Unionlearn and around £116m in total has been distributed to ULF projects in respect of the financial years 2007-08 to 2015-16.</p><p>The total amount of funding received by all trade unions from the ULF for the financial year 2015-16 is set out in the table below.</p><p>The Department is currently in the process of finalising the grant agreement for Unionlearn and the ULF projects for the financial year 2017-18.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>ULF Funding 2015-16</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Union</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> Actual Amount Received 2015-16 </strong> <strong> £ </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>AEGIS</p></td><td><p>247,495</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen</p></td><td><p>305,573</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Association of Teachers and Lecturers</p></td><td><p>122,615</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union</p></td><td><p>130,530</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union</p></td><td><p>349,793</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Britannia Staff Union</p></td><td><p>190,977</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Community</p></td><td><p>183,930</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Communication Workers Union</p></td><td><p>364,208</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>EQUITY</p></td><td><p>119,712</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Fire Brigades Union</p></td><td><p>505,317</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>GMB Midlands</p></td><td><p>290,985</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>GMB North West</p></td><td><p>230,056</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>GMB Southern</p></td><td><p>396,720</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>GMB Yorkshire &amp; North Derbyshire</p></td><td><p>306,367</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>National Association of Stable Staff</p></td><td><p>50,017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>National Union of Journalists</p></td><td><p>71,736</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Public and Commercial Services Union</p></td><td><p>742,964</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Professional Footballers' Association</p></td><td><p>234,129</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Prison Officers' Association</p></td><td><p>702,404</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal College of Midwives</p></td><td><p>193,808</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal College of Nurses</p></td><td><p>170,149</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers</p></td><td><p>342,416</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists</p></td><td><p>188,914</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (National)</p></td><td><p>254,702</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Anfield)</p></td><td><p>126,038</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Hinkley)</p></td><td><p>276,209</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Unison National</p></td><td><p>554,859</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Unison Northern</p></td><td><p>371,393</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Unite</p></td><td><p>1,885,648</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Unity</p></td><td><p>52,910</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>United Road Transport Union</p></td><td><p>188,832</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers</p></td><td><p>743,088</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society</p></td><td><p>49,873</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-01-20T13:33:55.7Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-20T13:33:55.7Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-03-27more like thismore than 2017-03-27
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar 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 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 how they define (1) public schools, (2) grammar schools, (3) academy schools, and (4) high schools. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL6354 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-30more like thismore than 2017-03-30
star this property answer text <ol><li>‘Public school’ is not a term set out in legislation, but is used commonly to refer to an ‘independent school,’ as defined with Section 463 of the Education Act 1996.</li></ol><p> </p><ol start="2"><li>‘Grammar schools’ are the 163 schools which were designated as such within the Education (Grammar School Designation) Order 1998 (as amended). Originally all grammar schools were maintained grammar schools, however, 140 have now become wholly selective academies.</li></ol><p> </p><ol start="3"><li>Academy schools are State funded independent schools, as defined in Section 1A of the Academies Act 2010 (as amended).</li></ol><p> </p><ol start="4"><li>‘Higher school’ is not a term set out in legislation, but is used commonly to refer to a ‘secondary school’ that caters mainly for key stage 4 pupils and perhaps key stage 5 pupils.</li></ol><p> </p><p>The attached table provides the full definition of each type of school as set out in legislation.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-03-30T16:30:47.82Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-30T16:30:47.82Z
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star this property file name Definition_of_different_types_of_school (HL6354).docx more like this
unstar this property title Definition_of_different_types_of_school more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice 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 Her Majesty's Government whether all government funded bodies are required to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe guidelines on human rights, and if so who monitors their compliance. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL378 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
star this property answer text <p>Under international law, the United Kingdom has undertaken to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights. The Human Rights Act 1998 gives further effect in domestic law to certain rights and freedoms drawn from the Convention, called the Convention rights. Section 6(1) of the Act makes it unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right. Under section 6(3), “public authority” is defined as including a court or tribunal, and “any person certain of whose function are functions of a public nature”; but does not include either House of Parliament or a person exercising functions in connection with proceedings in Parliament. Section 73(2) of the Care Act 2011 additionally specifies that a provider of regulated care and support that has been arranged or paid for by a local authority or Health and Social Care trust is also to be taken as exercising a function of a public nature for the purposes of the Human Rights Act. Any allegation that a public authority has acted incompatibly with a Convention right may be brought to court as specified in section 7 of the Act.</p><p> </p><p>Guidelines produced by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe are not legally binding.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-07-17T15:17:45.207Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-17T15:17:45.207Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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