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star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star 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 Afghanistan: Immigration more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former Afghan interpreters to the UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>As of 12 April 2019, 438 former Afghan Locally Employed Staff have been relocated to the UK. This figure includes former FCO and DFID staff and a small number who, although not interpreters, were deemed to have served outside the wire on the front line for 12 consecutive months and were made redundant, and were therefore eligible for relocation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T15:41:40.24Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T15:41:40.24Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1110125
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star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star 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 Afghanistan: Immigration more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many family members of former Afghan interpreters to the UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL15093 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>As of 12 April 2019, 845 family members of former Locally Employed Staff (LES) have been relocated to the UK. This figure includes the family members of former FCO and DFID LES and the family members of a small number who, although not interpreters, were deemed to have served outside the wire on the front line for 12 consecutive months and were made redundant and were therefore eligible for relocation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T15:41:02.33Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T15:41:02.33Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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3829
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1110126
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star 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 Afghanistan: Immigration more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Afghan interpreters, and (2) members of their immediate family are currently awaiting (a) a decision on their relocation to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme, and (b) implementation of the decision that they may relocate to the UK under that scheme. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL15094 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department is currently examining the cases of seven former Locally Employed Staff (LES) to establish their eligibility under the Ex-Gratia Scheme, all of which are expected to be resolved by the end of April.</p><p>If the former LES member is found to be eligible then the relocation process can begin immediately. As no decision has been reached, no family details have been obtained and I am therefore unable to give numbers of family members.</p><p>There are five former LES and twenty-eight family members waiting to relocate to the UK. Three are scheduled to be relocated within the next three months and two have requested that their relocation be temporarily suspended for personal reasons.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T15:46:58.86Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T15:46:58.86Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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3829
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1110127
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star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star 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 Afghanistan: Immigration more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters who have been relocated to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme are currently waiting for members of their family to be able to join them; for how long they have been waiting; and when they expect the family members to arrive in the UK. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL15095 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Under the original terms of the Ex-Gratia Scheme, Former Locally Employed Staff (LES) who were deemed eligible for relocation to the UK were required to bring their family members with them at the same time as they themselves were relocated. For a variety of reasons, not all of them did so. 138 former LES were relocated to the UK on their own, but it is not known how many of them may have left behind family members who were eligible for relocation related to the Ex-Gratia Scheme. To join them subsequently, those family members still in Afghanistan were required to meet applicable Home Office immigration rules independently of the Ex-Gratia Scheme.</p><p>The Home Office amended the immigration rules related to the Ex-Gratia Scheme earlier this year and those changes came into effect on 6 April 2019. As of 12 April 2019, the Department has received a single application, though it is estimated that the family members of 30 former LES will be eligible. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible. Ministry of Defence officials expect the majority of family members to arrive within six months of their application.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T15:40:40.787Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T15:40:40.787Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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3829
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1110676
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star 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 Apprentices: Taxation more like this
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25277
unstar 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 proposal by the retailer Timpsons for a more flexible approach to the apprenticeship levy that does not require the use of pre-approved, often non-specialised, training providers in order to qualify for a grant. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL15140 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>​Our apprenticeship reforms have put employers in the driving seat, empowering them to design new high-quality standards that give apprentices the skills that employers need. We are replacing old-style apprenticeship frameworks, which employers told us were not equipping apprentices to do the job. There are now over 420 industry-designed standards available for employers to use. We’ve seen strong uptake of these new standards; during the first half of 2018/19 nearly 60% of apprenticeship starts were on them.</p><p>We have introduced the levy to create long-term sustainable investment in high-quality apprenticeship training. Employers are able to choose how to spend their levy, so long as they spend it on apprenticeships. It is important that we maximise the effectiveness of government investment in training and our reforms are making sure that apprenticeships are delivering the high-quality training that both individuals and employers need.</p><p>​We have introduced the register of apprenticeship training providers to give employers assurance that the training received by apprentices will be of a high quality. The register ensures that only providers who are appropriately skilled, ready to deliver, and financially stable can access apprenticeship funding. Employers who want to directly deliver apprenticeship training to their own employees can apply to the register, which remains open for applications.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T12:56:53.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T12:56:53.803Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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4564
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bird more like this
1110131
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star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star 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 Armed Forces: Employment Tribunals Service more like this
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25277
unstar 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, if any, to legislate to give members of the armed forces full access to employment tribunals. more like this
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Baroness Garden of Frognal more like this
star this property uin HL15099 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Members of the Armed Forces have access to employment tribunals concerning a claim under the Equality Act 2010 in connection with certain allegations of discrimination. An employment tribunal will normally wait for the service complaints process to be finished before hearing any case. We have no current plans to broaden these provisions.</p><p>If a Service person has a valid grievance on any other matter relating to their service in the Armed Forces, they may make a service complaint and seek redress. The role of the Service Complaints Ombudsman was created to give complainants who are not satisfied with the outcome or handling of their complaint an independent route to addressing their concerns and to increase the level of independent oversight.</p><p>In certain circumstances, if the complainant remains unhappy with either the decision of the Ministry of Defence or the Ombudsman, they may also challenge those decisions by way of Judicial Review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T15:44:05.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T15:44:05.637Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Garden of Frognal more like this
1110699
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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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 Driving: Licensing more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce graduated driving licences for young drivers. more like this
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Baroness Randerson more like this
star this property uin HL15163 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department’s Driver 2020 research project will form part of the evidence base required to understand the implications of implementing graduated driving licensing (GDL). The Department will also monitor the results of GDL in Northern Ireland when the system is introduced.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T14:20:58.297Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T14:20:58.297Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Randerson more like this
1110702
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Government Departments: Contracts more like this
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25277
unstar 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 adequacy of their vetting procedures when awarding contracts for Government support services. more like this
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Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill more like this
star this property uin HL15166 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Her Majesty’s Government requires that National Security Vetting is conducted to the same standard for all employees in sensitive roles, including those working for government support services. Vetting is conducted centrally by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV). Vetting policy, which sits with the Cabinet Office, applies equally to government personnel and private-sector employees on government contracts.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Cabinet Office encourages all government departments to uphold a set of minimum personnel security standards and these may be applicable for certain industry roles. ‘Support services’ is a broad category and could include everything from cleaning and catering to IT provision, security and administration. In that context different roles will have very different requirements and approaches are flexed depending on the risk. It is the responsibility of individual government departments to determine their security needs for each contract that they enter into. The requirement for vetting will be decided based on a given role’s access to sensitive assets, facilities or materials.</p><p><strong><p><p></strong></p><p>The procedures by which a private-sector company or contractor can gain a vetting clearance are currently designed to prioritise security as opposed to ubiquity; individuals must be able to demonstrate they will be working on an active government contract before being granted a clearance. This ensures tighter control of who is cleared, for what purpose and for how long.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>A comprehensive, cross-government review of National Security Vetting is underway. This will examine potential reforms in vetting for the private-sector – including how we can improve the timeliness of security clearance and reduce the administrative burden of it for small and medium enterprises.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T08:50:00.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T08:50:00.673Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill more like this
1111068
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star this property date less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Interserve more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Cabinet Office designation of Interserve as a high risk supplier in June 2018, how that designation was communicated to all Government departments and agencies. more like this
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Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill more like this
star this property uin HL15197 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>As stated in the Strategic Supplier Risk Management Policy that applied in June 2018, the Government does not publish whether or not a strategic supplier is designated as high risk. This Policy was withdrawn and replaced with a new approach to the monitoring and management of strategic suppliers through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the government and each of its strategic suppliers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T08:48:56.05Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T08:48:56.05Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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3125
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill more like this
1110674
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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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 M4: Speed Limits more like this
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25277
unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 4 April (HL14781), what estimate they have made of the (1) cost, and (2) time delay, to an individual motorist as a result of the 50mph speed limit on the M4 road works between Junctions 3 and 12; and what they estimate the comparable cost of a minute’s delay for an individual travelling on an intercity train to be. more like this
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Lord Berkeley more like this
star this property uin HL15138 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Highways England does not hold data in the format requested. The Economic Assessment Report provides a high-level estimate of the user delay costs, as provided in my answer of 4 April.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Transport also has guidance on economic appraisal of the impacts of unplanned rail delays and temporary timetables associated with engineering work. Estimates will vary based on demand levels, purpose of trips and rail fares.</p><p /><p /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T14:21:37.153Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T14:21:37.153Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Berkeley more like this