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star this property date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Human Embryo Experiments: Regulation 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, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 October 2013 (HL2237), what assessment the Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has made of the regulation of embryoid bodies following the publication of research (1) by Lancaster et al. Cerebral organoids model human brain development and microcephaly in 2013, and (2) in the Nature Cell Biology journal A 3D model of a human epiblast reveals BMP4-driven symmetry breaking on 1 July. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16935 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>The Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has made no formal assessment of the regulation of embryoid bodies following the publication of research by Lancaster et al. <em>Cerebral organoids model human brain development and microcephaly</em> in 2013, and in the Nature Cell Biology journal <em>A 3D model of a human epiblast reveals BMP4-driven symmetry breaking</em> on 1 July. The publications will be brought to the attention of the Committee.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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less than 2019-07-17T14:17:06.443Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T14:17:06.443Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1135687
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Pakistan: Royal Visits 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, during their forthcoming visit to Pakistan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit (1) the slums inhabited by the minority Christian community, and (2) members of Shahbaz Bhatti’s family. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16780 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 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>​The details of the programme for the visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan have not yet been agreed. For security reasons, we would not in any case comment on details in advance of the visit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T14:37:10.087Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T14:37:10.087Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1135688
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Pakistan: Minority Groups 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 when they last raised the plight of minorities in Pakistan with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth; what response they received; and whether they asked the Secretary-General to raise continued human rights violations with the government of Pakistan. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16781 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>We continue to be in close contact with the Commonwealth Secretariat on its support to member states to live up to the commitments to tolerance, to human rights, good governance and the rule of law set out in the Commonwealth Charter.</p><p>In addition, the British Government will continue to urge Pakistan to honour in practice its human rights obligations, including those related to religious minorities, and to uphold the rule of law.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T14:38:46.493Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T14:38:46.493Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1135689
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Pakistan: Blasphemy 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 assessment they have made of the sentencing of Shagufta Kauser and her husband to death in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy; what assessment they have made of whether Shagufta Kauser is (1) from a Christian minority, and (2) illiterate; what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan on her behalf; what response they have received to these representations; and what estimate they have made of the number of people currently facing the death sentence in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16782 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>We continue to monitor the case of Shagufta Kauser and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel who were sentenced to death in April 2014. We understand that Shagufta Kauser is of the Christian faith and we are aware of media reports stating that she and her husband are both illiterate.</p><p>We regularly raise our concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws with the government of Pakistan at a senior level. The harsh penalties for blasphemy, including the death penalty, add to these concerns. We remain firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. We have repeatedly called upon the Government of Pakistan to end capital punishment and, as a minimum, commit to publicly renewing the previously imposed moratorium on the death penalty. Concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of minority religious communities were raised with Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, during a ministerial visit to Islamabad in February.</p><p>We do not hold figures for individuals on specific charges overseas. According to the US State Department 2018 Report on Freedom of Religion or Belief, at the time of publication, 77 individuals were imprisoned in Pakistan on blasphemy charges, 28 of whom had received death sentences.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T14:41:26.897Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T14:41:26.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1135690
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading China: Prisoners 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 what consideration, if any, they have given to updating their travel advice for China to include the findings of the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience from China, published on 17 June. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16783 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 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>We do not intend to update our travel advice to include the findings of the recent report by the pressure group “The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China”. We have reviewed the report and at present, our assessment remains that there is not a strong enough evidential base to substantiate the claim that systematic state-sponsored or sanctioned organ harvesting is taking place in China. We continue to keep this issue under review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T14:42:02.22Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T14:42:02.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1134671
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star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Abortion: Mental Illness 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 what assessment they have made of the Court of Appeal ruling overturning the decision of the Court of Protection to allow a mentally ill woman to be given an abortion against her wishes; what implications they consider that case to have for the rights of those with learning disabilities to become parents; and what steps, if any, they intend to take in the light of the Court of Appeal's ruling. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16638 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>This is an extremely difficult and sensitive case, and the Government will consider the Court of Appeal judgment carefully.</p><p> </p><p>The Court of Protection hears cases about some of the most vulnerable people in society, making decisions about personal welfare – including serious medical treatment - where the person lacks capacity to do so for themselves. In doing so it must follow the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). In particular the MCA stipulates that decisions must be in the person’s best interests, taking into account all the circumstances of the case, including the wishes, feelings, beliefs and values of the person, and must be the least restrictive of their rights and freedoms.</p><p> </p><p>It is right that such serious and difficult decisions – particularly where there is disagreement about what is in the person’s best interests - are made by the independent judiciary.</p><p> </p><p>The statutory MCA Code of Practice provides practical guidance on the operation of the MCA and is currently under review. We have sought input from a range of interested stakeholders through a call for evidence in January and propose to consult on a revised Code towards the end of this year.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T11:30:53.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T11:30:53.66Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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1135060
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star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Visas: Conferences 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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 June (HL16233), whether, when making decisions about whether to refuse visa applications to participants at conferences, including the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development held in Westminster on 11 June, they take into account whether a conference has been sponsored or part funded by a government department; and what assessment, if any, they make of the impact on the public purse and the reputation of the UK of a visa refusal for such a conference. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16687 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>All UK Visa applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the UK Immigration Rules https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-v-visitor-rules which set out the requirements to visit the UK. These requirements apply to all visitors to the UK and the onus is on the applicant to demonstrate that they satisfy the immigration rules.</p><p>Among the points on which the applicant must satisfy the decision maker is that they are a genuine visitor who will leave the UK at the end of their visit and will not make the UK their main home through frequent or successive visits. When assessing a visit visa application decision makers follow publicly available guidance: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/793361/Visit-guidance-v8.0ext.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/793361/Visit-guidance-v8.0ext.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T16:21:07.267Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T16:21:07.267Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property file name Visit-guidance-v8.0ext.pdf more like this
star this property title Visit guidance more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1135412
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading IVF: Breast Cancer 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, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health on 14 July 2014 (HC Deb, col 448W), Earl Howe on 3 December 2014 (HL273), Lord O'Shaughnessy on 3 December 2018 (HL11600), and comments by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health on 20 January 2016 (HC Deb, col 623WH), to what extent the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) database is linked to (1) NHS databases, and (2) cancer registries; whether data from the register of patients and treatments that is maintained by the HFEA is sufficient to assess the contention that IVF in older women linked to an increased risk of breast cancer; and how the HFEA will ensure that information provided to patients regarding any potential long-term safety implications associated with treatment will include appropriate reference to such risks. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16733 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Register is not linked to any National Health Service databases or cancer registries; and data from the Register alone would not allow an assessment of the risk to be identified. However, under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (Disclosure of Information for Research Purposes) Regulations 2010, the HFEA may authorise the processing of disclosable protected information contained in the Register for research, in the public interest or in the interests of improving patient care. A recent study by University College London investigated risks of ovarian, breast, and corpus uteri cancer in women treated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies and found no link between the use of ovarian stimulatory drugs and an increased risk of cancer.</p><p>The HFEA continually updates patient information whenever new clinical information is available. The HFEA is advised by the Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee on scientific and clinical developments (including research) in assisted conception, embryo research and related areas.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T15:08:03.363Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T15:08:03.363Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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1135413
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading IVF: Drugs 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, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health on 14 July 2014 (HC Deb, col 448W), Earl Howe on 3 December 2014 (HL273), and comments by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health on 20 January 2016 (HC Deb, col 623WH), how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ensures that clinics follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on limiting the use of ovulation induction or ovarian stimulation agents to the lowest effective dose and duration of use without collecting information on the identity of drugs used in treatment, the dosage used and the associated regimen for ovarian stimulation at each licensed centre; and what would be needed for the HFEA to regulate the administration of drugs during in vitro fertilisation treatment. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16734 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 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Acts 1990 and 2008 do not provide for the regulation of the use or monitoring of medicines used in fertility treatment.</p><p>Medicines used in fertility treatment are licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. These medicines may be used in Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority-licensed clinics or in other settings, for example by general practitioners.</p><p>Medicine prescribing is a matter of clinical judgement, taking account of the individual patient’s circumstances and professional guidance. It is the duty of every clinician to take into account the welfare and best interest of their patient when deciding on the appropriate treatment for them for any medical condition, in line with General Medical Council’s good medical practice guidance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T15:09:39.493Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T15:09:39.493Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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1134294
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Aid 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, as part of their Official Development Assistance, they support campaigns for legislative change in other countries where such change would permit actions in those countries which are criminal offences in the UK. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
unstar this property uin HL16579 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>DFID is championing Sustainable Development Goal 16, which focuses on ‘peace, justice and inclusion’. We are supporting the strengthening of rule of law in a range of countries. For example, DFID’s Rule of Law Expertise UK (ROLE UK) programme is a collaboration with the UK legal sector to make its expertise, provided on a pro bono basis, available to strengthen legal and judicial systems in developing countries. While much of ROLE UK’s work is in the area of human rights, it does not engage in advocacy around legislative changes. DFID and its partners always work within the law of the countries in which we are operating.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T15:41:06.783Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T15:41:06.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this