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unstar this property date less than 2016-06-14more like thismore than 2016-06-14
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Leader of the House of Lords 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 Refugees 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 processes she has put in place to ensure that select committee reports are debated in a timely manner. more like this
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market more like this
star this property uin HL699 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
star this property answer text <p><br>My Noble Friend the Government Chief Whip makes regular offers of time, both on the Floor of the House and in Grand Committee, for debates on Select Committee reports to the Committee Office. The Committee Office then coordinates among Chairmen to determine which reports are debated on such occasions and in what order.</p><p>Debates covering nine reports have already taken place this session.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2016-06-20T12:34:11.477Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T12:34:11.477Z
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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 Baroness Scott of Needham Market more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2016-09-13more like thismore than 2016-09-13
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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 Ministry of Justice: 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 the Leader of the House what explanation she has received from the Ministry of Justice concerning its failure to answer by 9 September a Question for Written Answer that was asked on 20 July (HL1379). more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL1846 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-09-27more like thismore than 2016-09-27
star this property answer text <p><strong>The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park):</strong></p><p>I regularly stress to departments the importance of giving timely answers to Questions for Written Answer. 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 has been followed in both of the cases to which the noble Lord refers.</p><p>In the case of the Ministry of Justice question, I am informed that the delay related the process of transferring it to the right department for response. After discussion it was transferred to the Cabinet Office, who will provide a substantive answer by close of play this week. As regards the Department for Education questions, I am informed that the delay related to gathering complex data spanning a long period and the need to obtain clearance from across government. Both of the questions concerned have now been answered.</p><p>Regarding timely replies more generally, I have recently written to the three departments with the greatest proportion of late responses in the last session and I regularly set out the House’s expectations as they apply to QWAs to my frontbench team. Notwithstanding the cases referenced above, I am pleased to say that the proportion of on-time responses from the Ministry of Justice rose from 74% of questions in 2014-15 to 87% in 2015-16; while the Department for Education answered well over 90% of questions on time in both sessions.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2016-09-27T15:42:54.783Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-27T15:42:54.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2016-09-13more like thismore than 2016-09-13
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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 Department for Education: 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 the Leader of the House what explanation she has received from the Department for Education concerning its failure to answer by 9 September two Questions for Written Answer that were asked on 19 July (HL1338) and 21 July (HL1440). more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL1847 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-09-27more like thismore than 2016-09-27
star this property answer text <p><strong>The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park):</strong></p><p>I regularly stress to departments the importance of giving timely answers to Questions for Written Answer. 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 has been followed in both of the cases to which the noble Lord refers.</p><p>In the case of the Ministry of Justice question, I am informed that the delay related the process of transferring it to the right department for response. After discussion it was transferred to the Cabinet Office, who will provide a substantive answer by close of play this week. As regards the Department for Education questions, I am informed that the delay related to gathering complex data spanning a long period and the need to obtain clearance from across government. Both of the questions concerned have now been answered.</p><p>Regarding timely replies more generally, I have recently written to the three departments with the greatest proportion of late responses in the last session and I regularly set out the House’s expectations as they apply to QWAs to my frontbench team. Notwithstanding the cases referenced above, I am pleased to say that the proportion of on-time responses from the Ministry of Justice rose from 74% of questions in 2014-15 to 87% in 2015-16; while the Department for Education answered well over 90% of questions on time in both sessions.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2016-09-27T15:43:05.243Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-27T15:43:05.243Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
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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 Peers: Ministerial Policy Advisers 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 has been made of whether denying a member of the House of Lords who is a Special Adviser the right to speak is in breach of the letters patent, which refer to "seat" and "voice". more like this
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Lord Campbell-Savours more like this
star this property uin HL2899 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-11-05more like thismore than 2015-11-05
star this property answer text <p>A member of the House of Lords who is eligible to take part in the work of the House, and who is also a serving special adviser, is not denied the right to speak. It has, however, been an accepted practice under successive administrations that members in that position vote but refrain from speaking.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2015-11-05T15:38:41.287Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-05T15:38:41.287Z
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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 Campbell-Savours more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2018-03-23more like thismore than 2018-03-23
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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 Statutory Instruments: Parliamentary Scrutiny 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 whether statutory instruments before the House for approval following consideration in Grand Committee are debatable; whether there is any time limit on such debates; and what steps she intends to take to inform Ministers of the position. more like this
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean more like this
star this property uin HL6608 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-03-28
star this property answer text <p>Approval motions for affirmative instruments - whether they have previously been considered in a Grand Committee or not - are debatable and not normally time-limited.</p><p><br>Standing Order 28 sets out that debate on such motions, as with all other motions, must be relevant to the question before the House.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2018-03-28T11:17:06.547Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-28T11:17:06.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Forsyth of Drumlean more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2017-01-10more like thismore than 2017-01-10
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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 the Leader of the House whether the failure on 10 January of the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice to answer Questions for Written Answer which had been tabled in November 2016 was in part due to those departments not being fully staffed to normal levels in the days following the bank holiday on 2 January. more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL4521 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-01-23more like thismore than 2017-01-23
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House I take very seriously the responsibility incumbent on all Ministers to provide full, timely and comprehensible answers to Questions for Written Answer (QWAs). My office immediately approaches departments who have not responded to questions after 10 working days, and remains in contact with them until the questions are answered.</p><p>I am informed that due to ongoing technical problems with software used by the Home Office for processing answers to QWAs, the usual clearance process has experienced delays since October which have caused a backlog. I have been assured that steps have now been taken to safeguard against the problem reoccurring.</p><p>The Ministry of Justice recognise recent reductions in performance with regard to QWA responses, which I am informed is due to a reduction in resources​ ​as ​a result of process and system changes. The Department has assured me that they have taken steps to rectify this, including making further process improvements.</p><p>I have written to the Secretaries of State for both Departments to stress the importance of providing full and timely responses to QWAs and have written to my front bench team to reiterate the House’s expectations in the light of recent performance.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2017-01-23T15:09:22.54Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-23T15:09:22.54Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2017-09-07more like thismore than 2017-09-07
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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 Department for Communities and Local Government: 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 the Leader of the House what explanation, if any, she has received from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government as to why six questions for written answer tabled on or before 19 July had not been answered by 6 September; and when she expects those questions to be answered. more like this
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Lord Jopling more like this
star this property uin HL1446 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-09-14more like thismore than 2017-09-14
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House I take very seriously the responsibility incumbent on all Ministers to provide full, timely and comprehensible answers to Questions for Written Answer (QWAs).</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In this instance I am informed by the Department that delays to five of these late responses were as a result of administrative errors. I have been advised that these issues have now been identified and resolved. I have been reassured that the Secretary of State takes this seriously and that he has made clear to officials that it is essential it does not happen again. The members concerned were contacted by the Department to apologise for the delay and these questions have now been answered.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>With regard to question number HL1066 from Lord Pearson of Rannoch, this remained unanswered by 6 September due to an error with IT systems maintained by the House which meant that it was not allocated to the correct department. The technical issue which was causing problems with transfers and amendments has now been resolved and the question has now been answered.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>My office will continue to work with all departments to ensure prompt and satisfactory answers to QWAs.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2017-09-14T11:14:28.06Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-14T11:14:28.06Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2016-12-13more like thismore than 2016-12-13
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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
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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 arrangements are in place to ensure that, in answering Questions for Written Answer, government departments are, as required by the Ministerial Code, "accurate and truthful" and as "open as possible" in the answers they provide to members of the House of Lords; whether she has put in place a system to provide quality assurance of the answers provided by government departments to members of the House of Lords; and if so, what.. more like this
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Lord Harris of Haringey more like this
star this property uin HL4068 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-12-20more like thismore than 2016-12-20
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House I take very seriously the responsibility incumbent on all Ministers to provide full, timely and comprehensible answers to Questions for Written Answer. This is something I stress regularly to frontbench colleagues and which I will certainly reiterate in the light of the Noble Lord’s question. My office also engage regularly with private offices and Parliamentary teams when issues arise, both proactively and in response to concerns raised by individual members. It is for Ministers, though, to be directly accountable for the content of their answers, which is why I fully support the rule that Ministers must personally sign all answers to members of the House of Lords.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2016-12-20T17:18:58.72Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-20T17:18:58.72Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harris of Haringey more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2016-04-11more like thismore than 2016-04-11
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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
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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 whether she will encourage Government ministers to provide full answers to Written Questions from members of the House rather than providing references to third-party sources. more like this
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
star this property uin HL7460 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-04-25more like thismore than 2016-04-25
star this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House, I am responsible for encouraging departments to give timely answers to Questions for Written Answer (QWAs), a duty I take very seriously.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The House has set out clearly (most recently in agreeing the Procedure Committee’s 5th Report on the 2014-5 Session) that all answers to QWAs should be complete and comprehensible, and as such should not rely on references to external documents or webpages. I will continue to make this guidance clear to Ministers. Whilst it is for individual Ministers to account to the House for the content of the answers they provide - with Ministers providing personally signed answers to members as part of this direct accountability - any member is welcome to inform me of any particular concerns about a response they have received.</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 2016-04-25T15:54:28.607Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-25T15:54:28.607Z
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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 Pearson of Rannoch more like this
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unstar 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
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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 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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unstar 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
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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 Baroness Gardner of Parkes more like this