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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Railways: North West 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 case for improving inter-regional rail links in the North West of England, particularly between East Lancashire and Greater Manchester. more like this
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Baroness Massey of Darwen more like this
star this property uin HL2361 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The case for improving inter-regional rail links in the North West of England has been assessed in a number of studies including the Northern Hub and Network Rail’s Lancashire and Cumbria and North-West Route Utilisation strategies. The case will be further addressed in respect of Network Rail’s Control Period 6 (2019-20<ins class="ministerial">2</ins><del class="ministerial">1</del>4) and beyond through the Northern Route Study as part of Network Rail’s Long Term Planning Process to inform decisions on the Government’s Rail Investment Strategy for Control Period 6.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T12:12:57.52Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T12:12:57.52Z
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less than 2014-11-05T12:17:05.0180707Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T12:17:05.0180707Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Massey of Darwen more like this
100775
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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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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 Disability Living Allowance: Appeals more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals against disability living allowance there have been since 2010; and how many such appeals resulted in a reversal of the original decision. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 211764 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support), administered by HM Courts &amp; Tribunals Service (HMCTS), an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice, hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ decisions on a range of benefits, including disability living allowance (DLA).</p><p> </p><p>Information on the number of DLA appeals received by the Tribunal and the number found in favour of the appellant is published by Ministry of Justice in Tribunal Statistics Quarterly. Reports for DLA appeals dating back to 2010 can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T16:26:14.4663074Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T16:26:14.4663074Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
101123
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Sugar more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the prospects of the Government seeking a more advantageous arrangement for cane sugar refiners in its negotiations with the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 212112 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>During negotiations of the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy last year, which led to the agreement to end sugar beet production quotas in 2017, the UK pushed for the full liberalisation of the sugar regime in order to allow the sugar cane refiners to compete with the beet producers on an equal footing.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Disappointingly, there was insufficient support from other Member States to secure the necessary changes as part of that exercise. However, we remain committed to working with the European Commission to address this issue through forthcoming EU trade agreements.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
star this property answering member printed George Eustice more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T15:37:24.0940691Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T15:37:24.0940691Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101124
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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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 Iran more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Iranian government about the persecution of Christians, Bahá'ís and other religious minorities in that country. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 212108 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK welcomed President Rouhani’s comments in 2013 that all Iranians, including religious minorities, should “feel justice.” Unfortunately, there has been little noticeable change in the approach taken by Iran’s security and judicial authorities.</p><p><br>The Iranian Constitution recognises only three religious faiths other than Islam: Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianiam. Christians nevertheless continue to face discrimination; Evangelical Christians, Iranian converts to Christianity and those involved in house churches have been particularly affected. Other minority religious groups have faced similar treatment, and the Baha’i faith – which is unrecognised in Iran - has been particularly discriminated against.</p><p><br>The UK has repeatedly called on the Iranian government to end all persecution of individuals on the basis of their faith. We will continue to use our bilateral relationship to urge Iran to guarantee the human rights of all Iranians.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T14:37:53.2520203Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T14:37:53.2520203Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101125
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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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 Iran more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian government about the case of the imprisoned Christian pastor, Farshid Fathi. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 212109 more like this
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unstar this property answer text We remain deeply concerned by the detention and ill treatment of all prisoners of conscience in Iran, and the ongoing discrimination against Christians and other minority religious groups. We have called for the Iranian government to protect the rights of all minority groups in Iran and end the persecution of individuals on the basis of their faith. more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T14:38:45.2929641Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T14:38:45.2929641Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101126
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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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 Iran more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran under the Rouhani administration; and what the implications of that assessment are for developing bilateral relations between the UK and Iran. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 212110 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK welcomed President Rouhani’s comments in 2013 that all Iranians, including religious minorities, should “feel justice.” Unfortunately, there has been little noticeable change in the approach taken by Iran’s security and judicial authorities. The Iranian Constitution recognises only three religious faiths other than Islam: Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianiam. Christians nevertheless continue to face discrimination; Evangelical Christians, Iranian converts to Christianity and those involved in house churches have been particularly affected. Other minority religious groups have faced similar treatment, and the Baha’i faith – which is unrecognised in Iran - has been particularly discriminated against. The UK has repeatedly called on the Iranian government to end all persecution of individuals on the basis of their faith. We will continue to use our bilateral relationship to urge Iran to guarantee the human rights of all Iranians.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T14:45:10.6470474Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T14:45:10.6470474Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101127
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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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 Iran more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what priority the Government gives to the human rights situation in Iran as a factor in the development of bilateral relations with that country and in the potential re-opening of embassies in Tehran and London; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 212111 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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unstar this property answer text We remain deeply concerned by the dire human rights situation in Iran. Iran is one of the UK Government's &quot;Countries of Concern&quot; on human rights and thus subject to enhanced monitoring and reporting on human rights developments. We hope that President Rouhani will act on the pledges he has made to implement social reforms and improve the rights of all citizens in Iran. But responsibility for human rights in Iran does not fall under the direct authority of the President. Genuine progress, while essential, will be difficult to achieve. Improving our bilateral relationship with Iran is in the interests of both countries. It does not mean we suddenly agree on everything; on the contrary, we will continue to have sharp disagreements with Iran, particularly over human rights. But a functioning relationship, including with embassies reopened, will better equip us to respond to those challenges. more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T14:47:12.57768Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T14:47:12.57768Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101705
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Nature Conservation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to protect plants and wildlife in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency City of Chester more like this
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Stephen Mosley more like this
star this property uin 905753 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Biodiversity policy is a devolved matter. In England, our Biodiversity 202 strategy includes a wide range of policies aimed at protecting, restoring and creating wildlife habitats, and halting the decline in plant and animal species. Central to delivering this ambition are our agri-environment schemes, which help farmers to manage their land in an environmentally friendly way. Over £3.1 billion will be spent on environmental objectives under our schemes between 2014 and 2020.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
star this property answering member printed George Eustice more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T18:16:23.2075172Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T18:16:23.2075172Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Mosley more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Exports: Licensing more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the timetable is for the implementation of the transparency initiative for open export licences. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency St Austell and Newquay more like this
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Stephen Gilbert more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The new reporting requirements came into place at the start of 2014 and the data for this year is due to be published as part of the Government’s UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2015. We plan to commence a review of this initiative in early 2015.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T15:39:45.4108439Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T15:39:45.4108439Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gilbert more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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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 Courts: Closures more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the date of closure was of each court building which closed but was not disposed of between May 2010 and 30 June 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
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Stephen Doughty more like this
star this property uin 211999 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to disposing of surplus property assets expeditiously and reducing holding costs.</p><p> </p><p>The date of operational closure of each court building which has been closed but not disposed of since May 2010 is detailed below. The majority of these courts were closed as part of the Court Estate Reform Programme (CERP). CERP is expected to save the taxpayer £152m by 2015 while ensuring the courts continue to operate effectively. As of 29 October 2014 a total of 66 buildings closed under the programme have been sold attracting disposal receipts of £42.9m.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to the courts announced for closure under CERP, the Ministry of Justice has closed and disposed of a number of court buildings as a result of the integration and co-location.</p><p> </p><p>The sale of former court buildings is dependent on a number of factors including the state of the market, potential future use of the property (including its development potential) and their location. Furthermore, some of the buildings are occupied in part by the police and local authorities, which can also delay or prevent swift disposal.</p><p> </p><p>When disposing of surplus property assets we will always seek best value for the taxpayer.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table: Date of operational closure of each court building which has been closed but not disposed of since May 2010 as at 30 June 2014</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><thead><tr><td><p><strong>Court Building</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Date of operational closure <sup>1, 2</sup></strong></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>Bishop Auckland Magistrates’ &amp; County Court <sup>4</sup></p></td><td><p>13 July 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bridgwater Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>30 March 2012</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bridport Magistrates' Court <sup>3</sup></p></td><td><p>18 March 2010</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Burton-upon-Trent County Court</p></td><td><p>22 March 2013</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cirencester Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Coleford Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dorking Magistrates' Court <sup>3</sup></p></td><td><p>18 March 2010</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Epping Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>30 March 2012</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Flint Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Frome Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Goole Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>16 December 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Haywards Heath (Mid Sussex) Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>30 March 2012</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Honiton Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Houghton Le Spring Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Keighley (Bingley) Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>16 December 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lewes Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lyndhurst Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Market Drayton Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Oswestry Magistrates' Court &amp; County Court</p></td><td><p>07 October 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pontefract Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>22 March 2013</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rochdale Magistrates’ Court<sup>5</sup></p></td><td><p>22 December 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Selby Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>22 March 2013</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sherborne Magistrates' Court <sup>3</sup></p></td><td><p>18 March 2010</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>07 December 2012</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Totnes Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Towcester Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Weston Super Mare Magistrates’ Court <sup>6</sup></p></td><td><p>Not used since September 2006</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wimborne Magistrates' Court</p></td><td><p>01 April 2011</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Witham Magistrates’ Court</p></td><td><p>30 March 2012</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Footnotes:</strong></p><p>1. The date the building was decommissioned and available for disposal is not held centrally. Court buildings may have been used for administrative purposes following their operational closure until space could be found at alternative locations to facilitate this work</p><p>2. Where two courts shared the same building then the operational closure date of the last court to close is shown</p><p>3. The closures of Bridport Magistrates’ Court, Dorking Magistrates’ Court and Sherborne Magistrates’ Court were announced on 18 March 2010</p><p>4. Bishop Auckland Magistrates’ Court and County Court building was sold on 11 August 2014</p><p>5. Rochdale Magistrates’ Court was sold on 28 August 2014</p><p>6. Former Weston Super Mare Magistrates’ Court is integral with the police station. Avon and Somerset Policy Authority will lead on the future of the building</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North West Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T16:07:00.9520878Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T16:07:00.9520878Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this