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star this property date less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
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Department for International Development more like this
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unstar 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 Developing Countries: Females more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to put women and girls at the heart of the UK's development programmes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North West Leicestershire more like this
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Andrew Bridgen more like this
star this property uin 905899 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Empowering girls and women is a top priority. The Strategic Vision for Girls and Women sets out the ambitious results we will deliver. Significant progress was made at the Girl Summit to tackle Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Putney more like this
star this property answering member printed Justine Greening more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:48:33.8662056Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Justine Greening more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Bridgen more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-13more like thismore than 2014-10-13
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading European Fighter Aircraft 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 Defence, what the current service life in flight hours is of Typhoon aircraft. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Moray more like this
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Angus Robertson more like this
star this property uin 210205 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 23 October 2014 to Question 210204. This can be found at the following link;</p><p>http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&amp;max=20&amp;questiontype=AllQuestions&amp;house=commons%2clords&amp;uin=210204</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Ludlow more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T16:33:27.8370607Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T16:33:27.8370607Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Ludlow more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Angus Robertson more like this
106470
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star this property date less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar 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 Developing Countries: Education 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 International Development, what steps her Department is taking to seek international consensus on post-2015 education goals and targets. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Dorset and North Poole more like this
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Annette Brooke more like this
star this property uin 905901 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is advocating for a simple, inspiring, and relevant post-2015 development framework, centred on eradicating extreme poverty. We are actively working with international partners to ensure that access to education and quality of learning is at the heart of the post-2015 focus on education.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Putney more like this
star this property answering member printed Justine Greening more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:49:30.1865796Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:49:30.1865796Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justine Greening more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Annette Brooke more like this
100609
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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar 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 Civil Servants: Languages 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 which languages have been studied by civil servants and diplomatic staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language School; and how many civil servants and diplomatic staff have studied each language. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL2340 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Since the Language Centre opened on 19th September 2013 a total of 45 different languages have been studied there either full or part-time by 813 students. Of those students, 779 are Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff and 34 are from other government departments (OGDs) (including staff from the following departments: Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office, the Department for Business, Innovation &amp; Skills, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, UK Trade and Investment, the Department for International Development, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the House of Commons). An additional 60 FCO staff have trained at the Institut Francais. Staff across the Civil Service can also access the FCO Language Centre library to continue to develop their own language skills outside formal study and 58 OGD staff have taken advantage of this offer so far.</p><p>It is important to note that when more appropriate, staff from OGDs also receive language training outside of the FCO Language Centre through use of the Civil Service-wide contract with Language Services Direct (the company that run the FCO Language Centre) or at the Institut Francais if French is required. Since September 2014, 113 OGD students have received language training on their own premises via the FCO contract.</p><p>The table below provides a breakdown of the languages that have been taught at the FCO Language Centre:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Albanian</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Arabic</p></td><td><p>186</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Azeri</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bosnian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bulgarian</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Burmese</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cambodian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Czech</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Danish</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dari</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dutch</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Farsi</p></td><td><p>33</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Finnish</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>French</p></td><td><p>14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Georgian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>German</p></td><td><p>40</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Greek</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hebrew</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Hindi</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Indonesian</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Italian</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Japanese</p></td><td><p>33</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Korean</p></td><td><p>8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Macedonian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mandarin</p></td><td><p>93</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norwegian</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pashto</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Polish</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Portuguese</p></td><td><p>47</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Romanian</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Russian</p></td><td><p>84</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Serbian</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sinhalese</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Slovak</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Slovene</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Spanish</p></td><td><p>153</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Swedish</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tajik</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Thai</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tigrinya</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Turkish</p></td><td><p>11</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Turkmen</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Urdu</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Uzbek</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Vietnamese</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>813</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:51:51.0127173Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:51:51.0127173Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
100610
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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar 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 Civil Servants: Languages more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to see an increase in the numbers of United Kingdom civil servants capable of fulfilling the language requirements for applications to the European Civil Service; and if so by how many, and by when. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL2341 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is working to increase the number of applicants to the European Civil Service and to increase civil service language training. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) supports all UK applicants, including civil servants, through the EU recruitment process, including advice on how to pass the recruitment tests in a foreign language. The European Fast Stream programme has been re-structured for 2014 and the training updated. As part of this, the language training provided to participants has been revised and tailored to offer more effective preparation for the Commission’s entry exam known as The Concours. There is also language training offered to civil servants through the FCO language centre. Some Government Departments also offer training in-house in different languages.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:54:59.7503661Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:54:59.7503661Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
100611
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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar 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 Civil Servants: Languages more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how civil servants from all departments with the wish or the potential to benefit from a course at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language School are identified. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
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star this property answer text Full-time language training is available to all staff on appointment to one of the 674 designated ‘speaker’ roles based across the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)’s network of posts overseas. Appointment is made following an advert, application and selection by interview for a position. All positions (including speaker roles) in the Senior Management Service are also advertised across the Civil Service. A number of positions (including speaker roles) in the delegated grades are also advertised across the Civil Service via ‘Interchange’. All FCO staff (or staff from other governmental departments (OGDs) if on Interchange) and their spouses/partners posted to non-speaker roles in a foreign country also have the option of taking up language training to reach a basic level (Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – A2 Confidence foreign language proficiency) to help settle into a new posting overseas. FCO staff who wish to develop skills in a foreign language can also attend a rolling programme of part-time lunchtime or evening classes in 12 languages. Where there is space in these classes, OGD staff are offered places based on language learning needs analyses by Departments. Language Services Direct (the company who run the FCO Language Centre) also provide part-time classes to a number of OGDs (the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Cabinet Office, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for International Development, Members of Parliament, UK Hydrographic Office) on their own premises or at Language Services Direct premises (HM Revenue and Customs). Language Services Direct also run a bespoke training package for staff from both the FCO and across the Civil Service wishing to apply for positions within EU institutions. A number of OGDs also appoint staff, following their own internal appointment processes, to their own ‘speaker’ roles overseas and are able use the Language Centre for training, or receive training at their own premises from Language Services Direct. To-date over 130 OGD staff have been trained either full-time or part-time at the Centre or at their own premises.
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:56:28.9626879Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:56:28.9626879Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns 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 Education more like this
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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 Church Schools more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the implementation of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) 2014, requiring the active promotion of protected characteristics as set down in the Equality Act 2010, what provision will be made to enable Christian schools to teach traditional Christian values and views about marriage; and what measures they have taken to ensure that any such provisions are not overridden. more like this
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Baroness Eaton more like this
star this property uin HL2440 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 do not require the active promotion of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act.</p><p> </p><p>The Regulations require that schools actively promote principles which encourage respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics. This is a crucial distinction. It is right to respect other people, even if one does not agree with them or their way of life. This is a fundamental part of preparation for life in modern Britain.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is absolutely clear that the changes make no difference to the existing legal obligations that schools have under the Equality Act 2010. All schools are already required to abide by the Act and their obligations are not altered by the changes to the standards. The changes do not fetter the views of individual teachers or censor the discussion of relevant matters. A teacher who, for instance, disagrees with same-sex marriage because of their Christian faith will not be prevented from expressing that view by these changes. Since the changes make no difference to schools’ existing legal obligations under the Equality Act there is no question of the ability of schools to teach traditional Christian values being overridden.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T17:55:38.8428136Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T17:55:38.8428136Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Eaton more like this
100584
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star this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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Department for International Development more like this
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unstar 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 Afghanistan more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom intends to ensure that at the London Conference on Afghanistan, due to take place on 24–25 November, Afghan women in attendance will be able fully to participate in the Conference’s deliberations. more like this
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead more like this
star this property uin HL2321 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>As co-hosts of the London Conference on Afghanistan (LCA), the UK government has agreed the overall invitation list in partnership with the Afghan Government. However, decisions on civil society attendees have been made by Afghanistan civil society themselves (rather than the UK or Afghan Government) through a democratic process in Kabul. At least 45% of these elected, sponsored attendees are Afghan women who are scheduled to contribute fully to the civil society event and its outcomes<em>. </em>The make-up of the official Afghan government delegation is for the Afghans themselves to decide, however we will be encouraging them to ensure that this includes female Afghan representatives.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T17:49:18.4190854Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T17:49:18.4190854Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead more like this
101842
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star this property date less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Fracking more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the mode of storage and containment of water that has been used for the hydraulic fracking permitted by the Government to date; and whether any sites have been designated for this purpose. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rhondda more like this
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Chris Bryant more like this
star this property uin 212768 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Flowback fluids from hydraulic fracturing operations are deemed to be a mining waste and therefore require an environmental permit from the Environment Agency for temporary storage on site. Subsequent treatment and disposal of the fluid at a waste treatment facility is also regulated by the Environment Agency. Waste waters must be stored in sealed tanks on bunded storage areas. The storage of wastewaters in open lagoons, as has sometimes been practised in the US, would not be permitted in this country.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:58:14.0637123Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:58:14.0637123Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Bryant more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
unstar 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 Fracking more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what courses of action are available for people to raise concerns about suspected contamination of water as a result of fracking. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rhondda more like this
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Chris Bryant more like this
star this property uin 212770 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Concerns about any suspected contamination incidents, irrespective of source, should be raised with the Environment Agency via its incident hotline, details of which are available on the GOV.UK website.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As far as fracking is concerned we have robust regulatory controls in place. Shale gas wells must be designed, built and operated to standards set in the regulations governed by the Health and Safety Executive, and the Environment Agency will not permit the use of substances hazardous to groundwater to be used in hydraulic fracturing where they may enter groundwater and cause pollution. Industry practice, underpinned by regulations, ensures monitoring will be required prior to, during and post-operation of the site.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>As with any activity, the Environment Agency can take enforcement action to prevent or remedy pollution of groundwater caused by the actions of operators.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T16:06:28.3530291Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T16:06:28.3530291Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Bryant more like this