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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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
unstar 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 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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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Lexden remove filter
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star this property date less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
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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 Select Committee Reports: Government Responses more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
unstar this property question text To ask the Leader of the House whether she has plans to ensure that Government departments (1) abide by their undertaking to provide responses to the reports of select committees within two months of publication, and (2) reply fully to the recommendations set out in those reports. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL3120 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 2017-11-22more like thismore than 2017-11-22
star this property answer text <p>I have recently written to Lords ministers to reiterate the importance of providing timely responses to select committee reports and I am assured that ministers are working hard to ensure the Government respond to reports within two months of their publication. However, sometimes circumstances dictate that it will not be possible to provide a response within this timeframe. Sometimes a later timeframe is agreed with the committee in question when it may be possible to give a fuller response at a later point. In such instances the relevant government department will maintain contact with the relevant select committee chairman and secretariat.</p><p>The Government values the work of the select committees of this House, and understands the importance of proper engagement with them. The House has the opportunity to consider Government responses alongside the report at the point at which it is debated and I recognise the importance of having sufficient time to consider it beforehand. This is an important way that the House holds Government to account for the quality and timeliness of the response.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2017-11-22T12:13:59.387Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-22T12:13:59.387Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-02-23more like thismore than 2015-02-23
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Government more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support and champion England’s traditional counties. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL5107 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-10more like thismore than 2015-03-10
star this property answer text <p>England’s traditional counties date back over a thousand years of English history, but many of the counties have been sidelined by Whitehall in recent decades, whether by the bland municipal restructuring of Edward Heath’s Government in 1972, or by the imposition of artificial regional structures by the last Labour Government based on the EU’s Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (the appropriately-named “NUTS” Regulations).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Yet the tapestry of England’s counties binds our nation together, and is interwoven with our cultural fabric – from our cricket to our ales. So this Government has taken a series of steps to champion our traditional counties:</p><p> </p><p>• We have amended planning regulations to allow local and county flags to be flown without planning permission, and published a plain English guide to flying flags. Previously, flying a county flag on an existing flag pole required a princely sum of £335 to be paid to the council.</p><p>• We have supported the Flag Institute in publishing a new guide for would-be vexillologists to encourage a new wave of county and other local flags to be designed and flown. http://www.flaginstitute.org/wp/british-flags/creating-local-and-community-flags/</p><p>• My Department has flown a range of county flags in Whitehall to mark different county days, including Cumberland, Huntingdonshire, Westmorland and Middlesex. We have also flown flags to celebrate other historic localities such as those of the Ridings of Yorkshire and of Wessex – the kingdom which gave birth to the united English nation.</p><p>• We are changing highways regulations to allow traditional county names to appear on boundary road signs. The previous rules prevented unitary councils like Blackpool from having a road sign saying ‘Lancashire’, or Poole saying ‘Dorset’ – since they were not considered to be part of the ‘administrative county’.</p><p>• We have a new online interactive map of England’s different county boundaries. http://communities.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Compare/storytelling_compare/index.html?appid=7b0e661ef66b4a7aacb5a9acf55108ac</p><p>• Ordnance Survey, the Government’s National Mapping Agency, now provides a dataset of current, ceremonial counties (counties retained for the purposes of representing Her Majesty by Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs). http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/help-and-support/products/boundary-line.html</p><p>• I can also announce to the House today that from May a dataset of the traditional, historic counties based on 19th Century boundaries will be available on the OS OpenData portal. These datasets are compatible with the OS Boundary-Line product which is available to all free of charge. Ordnance Survey is also going to provide a viewing map window on their website showing both the historic and ceremonial County boundaries on top of a base map.</p><p>• Later in the year, Ordnance Survey is hoping to publish a paper map of the Historic Counties of England, Scotland and Wales (as defined in the Local Government Act 1888 for England and Wales and the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889 for Scotland), which will be available to the general public to purchase and proudly display.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are stronger as a nation when we cherish and champion our local and traditional ties. This Government is proud to wave the flag of St George and Union flag alongside our county flags. Whatever one’s class, colour or creed, we should have pride in our English identity within the United Kingdom’s Union that binds us all together.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-03-10T15:07:14.753Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-10T15:07:14.753Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-11-28more like thismore than 2016-11-28
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Housing: Construction 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 24 November (HL Deb, col 2050), on what evidence the statement that "we are building more houses than ever before" was based. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL3635 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-15more like thismore than 2016-12-15
star this property answer text <p>The government’s policies mean that we have delivered nearly 900,000 new homes in England since 2010 and private new build housing starts are at their highest financial year level since 2007/08. Our planning reforms also mean that major planning applications determined on time are at the highest percentage on record. However, we acknowledge that we have not been building enough homes in England for decades and that we have more to do. The Autumn Statement set out £5.3 billion of investment to build more homes. We will set out a further comprehensive package of reform to boost housing supply and halt the decline in housing affordability in a Housing White Paper to be published in January.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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less than 2016-12-15T14:42:32.63Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-15T14:42:32.63Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-03more like thismore than 2018-07-03
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Shops: Non-domestic Rates 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce a business rates relief scheme for bookshops analogous to that provided for public houses. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL9176 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 2018-07-17more like thismore than 2018-07-17
star this property answer text <p>The Government has introduced a range of business rates reforms and measures to support businesses, including bookshops, worth over £10 billion by 2023. This includes, from April 2017, permanently doubling Small Business Rate Relief and raising the threshold for relief meaning that over 600,000 small businesses now pay no business rates at all, and helping all business by switching the measure of inflation, used for the indexation of rates, from Retail Price Index to Consumer Price Index.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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less than 2018-07-17T16:40:52.083Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-17T16:40:52.083Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-26
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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 Teachers: Pensions 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of maintained and independent schools to afford the increase in the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme announced in October. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL11789 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>In the schools sector, the department currently proposes to cover the costs of maintained schools, academies, independent special schools and non-maintained special schools. The department will be consulting shortly to form an assessment on the impact these costs will impose on the sector.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T12:01:22.35Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T12:01:22.35Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-26
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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 Teachers: Pensions 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from the Independent Schools Council about the forthcoming increase in the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme; and if so, what reply they have given. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL11790 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 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>The government has received a number of representations from employer representatives including the Independent Schools Council, to both the Department for Education (DfE) and to Her Majesty’s Treasury (HM Treasury), about the proposed increase in employer contributions and the impact this would have on their schools. HM Treasury and the DfE will be responding imminently.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T11:51:40.807Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T11:51:40.807Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-26
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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 Teachers: Pensions 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what were their reasons for increasing the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL11791 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 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>A number of factors determine the cost of providing pensions, most significantly by the Superannuation Contributions Adjusted for Past Experience (SCAPE) rate. The SCAPE discount rate is the central measure of the affordability of public service pension schemes; it is based on the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts for long-term Growth Domestic Product growth. In light of the material change to the OBR forecast compared to the forecast at Budget 2016, and based on the methodology for setting the SCAPE rate as agreed in 2011, <br> HM Treasury took the decision to set the SCAPE discount rate at 2.4% plus Consumer Price Index from 1 April 2019. This reduction in the SCAPE rate has resulted in an increase to employer contributions in the Teachers Pension Scheme of 7.2 percentage points.[1]</p><p> </p><p>[1] based on an implementation date of 1 September 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T12:02:10.553Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T12:02:10.553Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-26
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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 Special Educational Needs: Appeals 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 22 November (HL Deb, cols 325–8), whether they will conduct an inquiry into reports that local councils spent £100 million in four years to prevent parents obtaining support for children with special needs, losing nine out of ten cases. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL11792 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 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>The government does not have any plans to conduct such an inquiry.</p><p> </p><p>The government has made fundamental changes to the way the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support system works for families. The system is now more person-centred with significant direction given to local authorities, and other bodies, to engage effectively with families.</p><p> </p><p>Local authorities should respond appropriately to any SEND Tribunal appeal. In doing so, they will inevitably incur costs. When families make appeals, the local authority will need to judge how to respond to them and in doing so, must put the interests of the child or young person first.</p><p> </p><p>The government are investing £20 million until March 2020 to improve the quality of local information, advice and support services available to families, and to provide guidance and training to local authorities to help improve the quality of education, health and care (EHC) plans.</p><p> </p><p>Parents have the right to ask that an independent school, approved under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act (2014) and published in a list available to all parents and young people, be named on their EHC plan.</p><p> </p><p>The local authority must, after consultation with the school, name the requested school unless specific criteria apply. These conditions are that the school would be unsuitable for the young person’s needs, incompatible with the efficient education of others or an inefficient use of the local authority’s resources.</p><p> </p><p>Parents may also make representations for a place at an independent school that is not on the Section 41 list and the local authority must consider their request. While not under the same conditional duty to name the provider, the local authority must have regard to the general principle that children should be educated in accordance with their parents’ wishes if this is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and does not cause unreasonable public expenditure.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL11793 more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T12:00:34.507Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T12:00:34.507Z
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4689
star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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1014657
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-26
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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 Special Educational Needs: Private Education 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
unstar this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 22 November (HL Deb, cols 325–8), whether they will ensure that all local councils respect the right of parents of children with special needs to nominate a local independent school on an education health and care plan. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL11793 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 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>The government does not have any plans to conduct such an inquiry.</p><p> </p><p>The government has made fundamental changes to the way the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support system works for families. The system is now more person-centred with significant direction given to local authorities, and other bodies, to engage effectively with families.</p><p> </p><p>Local authorities should respond appropriately to any SEND Tribunal appeal. In doing so, they will inevitably incur costs. When families make appeals, the local authority will need to judge how to respond to them and in doing so, must put the interests of the child or young person first.</p><p> </p><p>The government are investing £20 million until March 2020 to improve the quality of local information, advice and support services available to families, and to provide guidance and training to local authorities to help improve the quality of education, health and care (EHC) plans.</p><p> </p><p>Parents have the right to ask that an independent school, approved under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act (2014) and published in a list available to all parents and young people, be named on their EHC plan.</p><p> </p><p>The local authority must, after consultation with the school, name the requested school unless specific criteria apply. These conditions are that the school would be unsuitable for the young person’s needs, incompatible with the efficient education of others or an inefficient use of the local authority’s resources.</p><p> </p><p>Parents may also make representations for a place at an independent school that is not on the Section 41 list and the local authority must consider their request. While not under the same conditional duty to name the provider, the local authority must have regard to the general principle that children should be educated in accordance with their parents’ wishes if this is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and does not cause unreasonable public expenditure.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL11792 more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T12:00:34.553Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T12:00:34.553Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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