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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Renewable Energy 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 Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
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Simon Kirby more like this
star this property uin 216737 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP has outsourced the provision of its estate until 31st March 2018 under a 20-year PFI contract with its private sector partner Telereal Trillium.</p><p> </p><p>Telereal Trillium’s technical experts have undertaken regular extensive reviews (both site based and desk-top studies) of the Department’s estate with a view to assessing the practical and financial viability of investing in micro-generation. These have included:</p><p> </p><p>• solar photo-voltaic and wind turbine generation of electricity; and</p><p> </p><p>• solar and bio-mass generation of heat.</p><p> </p><p>Following this review 18 sites were identified for a site visit and more detailed examination by Telereal Trillium’s technical experts and potential suppliers. Detailed business cases were then developed for the biomass sites offering the quickest payback and with the potential to meet the Department’s investment criteria. Unfortunately, although these sites offered a practical means of generating renewable energy they did not meet the Department’s investment criteria and so have not been pursued. Solar photo-voltaic and wind turbine generation projects had even longer payback periods.</p><p> </p><p>The Department also commissioned EDF to undertake independent surveys at five sites. These confirmed the results of the work undertaken by Telereal Trillium’s technical experts in that the break-even periods were too long to meet the Department’s investment criteria.</p><p> </p><p>Telereal Trillium are continuing to assess whether reductions in costs and/or improvements in technology will improve the financial viability of micro-generation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T13:04:50.737Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T13:04:50.737Z
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220
star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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3929
unstar this property label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
166851
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals 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 effect they expect the Prime Minister’s proposals for curbs on welfare benefits for European Union migrants to have if implemented. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL3269 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>In his speech on 28 November, the Prime Minister announced a number of proposals to restrict EU migrants’ access to welfare benefits. He made clear that the intention of his proposals was to make the immigration system fairer and reduce the current high level of migration from within the EU into the UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:14:09.78Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:14:09.78Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
164195
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-21more like thismore than 2014-11-21
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar 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 Insolvency 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, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of the reforms to insolvency litigation in Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on tackling director misconduct and the return of money owed to small businesses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hammersmith more like this
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Mr Andy Slaughter more like this
star this property uin 215538 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>Ministers are regularly in touch about matters in which they have a common interest.</p><p> </p><p>The changes in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 are not expected to have any impact on directors that are disqualified.</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 2014-12-08T17:20:50.677Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:20:50.677Z
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1496
star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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1516
unstar this property label Biography information for Andy Slaughter more like this
166089
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions 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 plans they have to review the basis on which projections of potential returns are used by the investment management industry in communications with pension holders. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL3147 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>Since 6 April 2003, certain money purchase pension arrangements have been required to provide members with Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (SMPIs). Legislation requires that statutory illustrations are produced in accordance with guidance prepared by a prescribed body approved by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and by the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland.</p><p>The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is the prescribed body and has been since 6 April 2007. The FRC fulfils its obligations through the publication of Actuarial Standard Technical Memorandum AS TM1: Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (AS TM1). It reviews AS TM1 regularly and the last completed review was carried out in 2013 following the introduction of the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/2734) which came into force on 6 April 2014. The AS TM1 specifies that the investment return should take into account the current and anticipated future investment strategy of the member’s funds over the period to retirement and be consistent from year to year, with the rationale documented and made available to members on request.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules require a projection at point of sale for contract based pensions. The investment return must reflect the investment potential of the (expected) underlying assets, subject to an overall cap of 5%pa. Flanking projections must be provided using returns which vary by +/- 3%. The FCA has a public commitment to review the basis every 4 years and the next review is due in 2015. The FCA do not require further projections during the lifetime of the contract as pension scheme members will receive statutory statements prepared under DWP legislation. However, where a provider chooses to provide additional projections, they must follow the same basis as point of sale projections.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:26:30.053Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:26:30.053Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
166087
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions 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 they are measuring the impact of auto-enrolment on fees charged by the investment management industry; and what plans they have to track any changes. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL3145 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government’s Command Paper, ‘Better Workplace Pensions: Further measures for savers’, published in March, set out a range of measures including a cap on charges in default fund arrangements, a ban on inappropriate charges and proposals to introduce minimum governance standards and improve transparency across workplace defined contribution schemes.</p><p> </p><p>Following this, Government launched its consultation on draft regulations on governance and charges in occupational pension schemes in October 2014. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the majority of this legislation will come into force from April 2015, alongside Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules in relation to workplace personal pension schemes where appropriate. From April 2015, the Government intends to introduce a charge cap on the default funds of qualifying schemes, set at 0.75 per cent of funds under management and the first phase of enhanced transparency with trustees and Independent Governance Committees (IGCs) being required to report on costs and charges for the first time.</p><p> </p><p>In 2015 Government will consult on regulations under duties in the Pensions Act 2014 requiring information about transaction costs to be disclosed to members and others, and the publication of costs and charges information. The FCA also intends to consult on amending their own rules to introduce equivalent enhanced transparency provisions for workplace personal pension schemes during 2015. The Government has also set out its plans to review the level of the default fund charge cap, to see if it should be lowered, and also whether it should include some or all of the transaction costs that are ultimately borne by members within a cap. This review will take place in 2017.</p><p> </p><p>Taken together the combined effect of these measures on charges, governance and transparency and the Government’s commitment to a review should ensure that savers are being enrolled into workplace schemes that are well run and in members’ interests.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:19:52.33Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:19:52.33Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
167355
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar 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 Renewable Energy 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, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
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Simon Kirby more like this
star this property uin 216733 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p> </p><p>On the MoJ estate there are already a number of renewable micro-generation projects including at Leeds Combined Court and HM Prisons: Haslar; Holloway; Lindholme; Maidstone; Portland; Wayland; Werrington and Wetherby. Micro-generation is often found to be less efficient than other energy reduction projects such as insulation and lighting improvements. The Department continues to prioritise the most cost-effective projects in order to achieve the best value for money.</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 2014-12-08T17:35:38.967Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:35:38.967Z
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1496
star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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3929
unstar this property label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
167120
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star this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar 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 Water 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, what steps he is taking to reduce water (a) usage and (b) bills in his Department; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
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Simon Kirby more like this
star this property uin 216575 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is committed to reducing water consumption. In 2013/14 the MoJ reduced its water consumption by 4% against a 2009/10 baseline. We are achieving this by installing efficiency devices on taps, timers in showers, motion sensor flush systems and running behavioural change campaigns.</p><p> </p><p>Reducing both water consumption and the cost of water forms an important part of our strategy to deliver savings within the MoJ estate.</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 2014-12-08T17:28:47.32Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:28:47.32Z
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1496
star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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3929
unstar this property label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
155550
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star this property date less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar 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 Correspondence 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 often his Department reviews its processes regarding the logging of emails, letters and other correspondence received; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
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Simon Kirby more like this
star this property uin 214254 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Ministry of Justice uses an in-house data-handling system to log correspondence and assign it to the appropriate team for a response. The team that coordinates responses to the majority of correspondence gather briefly each day to manage their workload. This can involve suggestions from team members for improving processes, including logging. They meet more formally once a month, when improvements can also be proposed. The team meets once a fortnight with Ministers' private offices to review how correspondence is handled and issues monthly management information to members of the senior civil service responsible for correspondence handling in their teams, to focus on performance.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has a 15 working-day target to respond to Members. Guidance on handling correspondence from Members of Parliament, Peers, MEPs and Members of devolved Administrations is available online at the following link - <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/61196/guide-handling-gov-correspondence.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/61196/guide-handling-gov-correspondence.pdf</a></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 2014-12-08T17:48:08.927Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:48:08.927Z
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1496
star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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3929
unstar this property label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
166642
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar 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 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence 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 by what date they expect that departments and the devolved administrations will have completed their consideration of extra-territorial jurisdiction in respect of offences established in accordance with the Istanbul Convention. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3233 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>This government takes its international obligations very seriously. That is why we signed the Istanbul Convention on 8 June 2012, to show our strong commitment to tackling violence against women and girls.</p><p> </p><p>The UK has some of the most robust laws in the world against violence towards women and girls. We have criminalised forced marriage but primary legislation will also be needed to comply with the extra-territorial jurisdiction provisions in Article 44 of the Convention before it can be ratified.</p><p> </p><p>Justice Ministers are currently considering the extent to which we need to amend the criminal law of England and Wales for compliance with Article 44 prior to ratification of the Convention.</p><p> </p><p>Any changes necessary to the criminal law in Scotland and Northern Ireland prior to ratification are matters for the devolved administrations. We will consult Ministers in the devolved administrations about whether legislative changes in England and Wales should extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T15:40:28.443Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T15:40:28.443Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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4308
unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
167384
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments 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 Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to review the process for applying for funeral payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bedford more like this
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Richard Fuller more like this
star this property uin 216782 more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>We are currently taking steps to improve the scheme and will continue to monitor its effectiveness.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T12:54:59.917Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:54:59.917Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
star this property tabling member
3912
unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Fuller more like this