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1124635
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star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Beavers more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the introduction of beavers in the UK; and of the risk of flooding as a result of their introduction. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL15503 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is engaged with a number of projects to further our understanding of the impact of beavers on the environment and flooding. We also maintain contact with the Scottish Government to learn from its experience on the River Tay.</p><p> </p><p>The trial reintroduction of beavers on the River Otter in Devon, which started in 2015, will conclude in 2020. The latest annual report from this trial, undertaken by the Devon Wildlife Trust, highlights assessments made on water flows and flood risks. Defra will assess the River Otter trial in 2020 and will seek advice from Natural England.</p><p> </p><p>The Forestry Commission is currently undertaking two enclosed trial releases which will contribute to our understanding of the impacts of beavers on water flow and surrounding ecology.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency is working with a number of projects that are gathering evidence from beaver trial sites to improve our understanding of the opportunities and implications for flood risk management. Natural England and the Environment Agency are working with the University of Exeter to understand how beavers affect water flow in rivers. The results of these trials will inform decisions on future reintroductions of beavers in England</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:26:25.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:26:25.56Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
1124636
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star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Hill Farming 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 support they are giving to hill farmers. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL15504 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Upland farmers are eligible to receive payments under the Common Agricultural Policy's Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). We will pay Direct Payments for the 2019 scheme year on the same basis as for 2018 and plan to allocate the money paid in Direct Payments for 2020 in much the same way that we do now.</p><p> </p><p>Upland farmers can also apply for a Countryside Stewardship agreement, and many receive support through Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship. The current round of Countryside Stewardship is open for applications until 31 July. This includes a specific Wildlife offer for Upland farmers. Capital grants are also available through the Hedgerow and Boundaries grant, which closed for applications on 3 May.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has also pledged to continue to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the Parliament, expected in 2022. The figure includes all EU and Exchequer funding provided for farm support under both Pillar 1 and Pillar 2. Furthermore, all Pillar 2 agreements signed by 31 December 2020 will be funded for their lifetime.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:27:30.933Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:27:30.933Z
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4161
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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4303
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
1124881
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting: Northern Ireland 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 how many registered voters applied for proxy votes in each local government district in Northern Ireland elections on 2 May; and what percentage of the (1) total electorate, and (2) votes cast, that represents in each of those districts. more like this
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass more like this
star this property uin HL15556 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The information below has been provided by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. The table shows how many proxy votes were applied for in each local government district for the local elections in Northern Ireland on 2 May and what this represents as a percentage of (a) the total electorate and (b) the votes polled in each of those districts.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Local Council</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Proxy</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Eligible Electorate*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>% Eligible Electorate</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Votes Polled*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>% Votes Polled</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Antrim and Newtownabbey</strong></p></td><td><p>205</p></td><td><p>98,899</p></td><td><p>0.21%</p></td><td><p>48,526</p></td><td><p>0.42%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Ards and North Down</strong></p></td><td><p>150</p></td><td><p>116,536</p></td><td><p>0.13%</p></td><td><p>50,866</p></td><td><p>0.29%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon</strong></p></td><td><p>414</p></td><td><p>147,977</p></td><td><p>0.28%</p></td><td><p>79,309</p></td><td><p>0.52%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Belfast</strong></p></td><td><p>1533</p></td><td><p>224,628</p></td><td><p>0.68%</p></td><td><p>114,664</p></td><td><p>1.34%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Causeway Coast and Glens</strong></p></td><td><p>575</p></td><td><p>98,930</p></td><td><p>0.58%</p></td><td><p>51,212</p></td><td><p>1.12%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Derry and Strabane</strong></p></td><td><p>1174</p></td><td><p>107,975</p></td><td><p>1.09%</p></td><td><p>61,798</p></td><td><p>1.90%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Fermanagh and Omagh</strong></p></td><td><p>1601</p></td><td><p>84,313</p></td><td><p>1.90%</p></td><td><p>52,620</p></td><td><p>3.04%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Lisburn and Castlereagh</strong></p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>102,151</p></td><td><p>0.12%</p></td><td><p>50,747</p></td><td><p>0.25%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Mid and East Antrim</strong></p></td><td><p>227</p></td><td><p>98,410</p></td><td><p>0.23%</p></td><td><p>47,383</p></td><td><p>0.48%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Mid Ulster</strong></p></td><td><p>1090</p></td><td><p>100,238</p></td><td><p>1.09%</p></td><td><p>60,180</p></td><td><p>1.81%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Newry Mourne and Down</strong></p></td><td><p>986</p></td><td><p>125,496</p></td><td><p>0.79%</p></td><td><p>70,428</p></td><td><p>1.40%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Totals</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>8082</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>1,305,553</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>-</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>687,733</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>-</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>*Source: <a href="https://www.eoni.org.uk/getmedia/8b059a6e-c7bc-4644-ae35-9dbf293d0665/Local-Council-Elections-2019-Turnout-final" target="_blank">https://www.eoni.org.uk/getmedia/8b059a6e-c7bc-4644-ae35-9dbf293d0665/Local-Council-Elections-2019-Turnout-final</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:28:39.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:28:39.307Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Maginnis of Drumglass more like this
1124883
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
star this property hansard heading Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme 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, further to the proposal by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 19 March (HL Deb, col 1408) that the Department of the Economy Northern Ireland would establish a unit under independent chairmanship, to examine the case of every individual who has received funds from the Renewable Heat Incentive initiative and believes they have experienced hardship, whether that proposal has been implemented; if so, who has been appointed as chairman; what appointment criteria were applied to any such appointment; and whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland discussed this appointment with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Economy Northern Ireland. more like this
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass more like this
star this property uin HL15558 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department for the Economy has undertaken to set up an RHI Hardship Unit. They repeated this commitment during their evidence session to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 8th May. Given the complexities and skill-sets required, the Department is currently considering an independent panel rather than just an independent chair. As this is a devolved matter it will be for the Department for the Economy to set the necessary criteria, and ensure that the Hardship Unit is made up of suitably qualified and independent members. The Department plans for the panel to have its first sitting by the end of the summer.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T11:08:49.427Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T11:08:49.427Z
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4686
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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648
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Maginnis of Drumglass more like this
1124861
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading 5G 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 assessment they have made of the benefits of facilitating flexible use of the 5G spectrum by community and independent networks in areas where it is allocated to mobile operators but remains unused. more like this
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Lord Griffiths of Burry Port more like this
star this property uin HL15536 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Government has regular discussions with Ofcom on a range of subjects, including 5G spectrum bands (including 3.6-3.8 GHz band). Government supports Ofcom's recent consultation document on ‘Enabling Opportunities for Innovation’ and is continuing to engage with stakeholders on the potential impact of a dynamic, flexible spectrum sharing model.</p><p> </p><p>In February the Government published a consultation on its Statement of Strategic Priorities which reaffirms our support for flexible shared spectrum models and the release of additional public sector spectrum are some of Government’s strategic priorities. This is key to helping unlock new 5G use cases and enabling innovative solutions to connectivity challenges, including improving connectivity in rural areas.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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HL15537 more like this
HL15538 more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:25:25.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:25:25.367Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Griffiths of Burry Port more like this
1124862
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading 5G 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 discussions they have had with Ofcom about the allocation of the 3.6–3.8GHz 5G spectrum band; and what steps they have taken to ensure the band is accessible in areas outside the mobile operators’ rollout plans. more like this
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Lord Griffiths of Burry Port more like this
star this property uin HL15537 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Government has regular discussions with Ofcom on a range of subjects, including 5G spectrum bands (including 3.6-3.8 GHz band). Government supports Ofcom's recent consultation document on ‘Enabling Opportunities for Innovation’ and is continuing to engage with stakeholders on the potential impact of a dynamic, flexible spectrum sharing model.</p><p> </p><p>In February the Government published a consultation on its Statement of Strategic Priorities which reaffirms our support for flexible shared spectrum models and the release of additional public sector spectrum are some of Government’s strategic priorities. This is key to helping unlock new 5G use cases and enabling innovative solutions to connectivity challenges, including improving connectivity in rural areas.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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HL15536 more like this
HL15538 more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:25:25.427Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:25:25.427Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Griffiths of Burry Port more like this
1124863
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading 5G: Rural Areas 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 assessment they have made of the benefits of a dynamic model of spectrum allocation for 5G network coverage in rural communities. more like this
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Lord Griffiths of Burry Port more like this
star this property uin HL15538 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Government has regular discussions with Ofcom on a range of subjects, including 5G spectrum bands (including 3.6-3.8 GHz band). Government supports Ofcom's recent consultation document on ‘Enabling Opportunities for Innovation’ and is continuing to engage with stakeholders on the potential impact of a dynamic, flexible spectrum sharing model.</p><p> </p><p>In February the Government published a consultation on its Statement of Strategic Priorities which reaffirms our support for flexible shared spectrum models and the release of additional public sector spectrum are some of Government’s strategic priorities. This is key to helping unlock new 5G use cases and enabling innovative solutions to connectivity challenges, including improving connectivity in rural areas.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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HL15536 more like this
HL15537 more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:25:25.477Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:25:25.477Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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3707
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Griffiths of Burry Port more like this
1124850
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Pakistan: Minority Groups 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 assessment they have made of the letter sent by 50 members of the European Parliament to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 30 April warning that continued violation of the UN Treaty on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in respect of the treatment of Pakistan’s minorities may compel the EU Parliament to call on the European Commission to suspend all subsidies and trade preferences to Pakistan; and whether they are considering taking similar action. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL15525 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>​We are aware of the open letter to Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in which EU Parliamentarians express concerns about the persecution of minorities and highlight the link to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+).</p><p>The British Government urges Pakistan to make human rights reforms in line with the relevant UN conventions, and to fully cooperate with the EU in the GSP+ process. I raised our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of minority religious communities with Pakistan's Foreign Minister and Human Rights Minister during my visit to Pakistan in February 2019. At the UN Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan in November 2017, the UK pressed Pakistan to strengthen the protection of minorities and to explain the steps being taken to tackle the abuse of the blasphemy laws.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T13:03:37.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T13:03:37.157Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1124866
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Daphne Caruana Galizia 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 assurances they have (1) sought, and (2) received from the government of Malta that they will establish an independent public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. more like this
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Baroness Helic more like this
star this property uin HL15541 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Maltese Government has provided reassurances both in public and private that all efforts are being made to ensure justice will be served in this case. The Maltese Government have made clear that they will not consider a public enquiry while judicial processes are ongoing. The British Government respects this decision and awaits the outcome of investigations.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:51:45.087Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:51:45.087Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Helic more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Papua: Journalism 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 when they last raised with the government of Indonesia access by journalists to West Papua; and what assessment they have made of the dangers facing local journalists who have reported on human rights violations in West Papua. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL15586 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>President Jokowi made clear his intention to allow free access for foreign journalists to Papua when he announced the lifting of the ban in May 2015. A number of foreign journalists have since gained access to report on the region. Unfortunately it seems some elements of the Government have been slow to respond to President Jokowi’s wishes. We continue to receive reports that journalists face difficulties in securing visas and restrictions on free reporting.</p><p>In January 2018, I raised my concern on this issue with the Indonesian ambassador to London, and officials in Indonesia also raised this when they visited Papua in February 2019. The Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific acknowledged at a Westminster Hall Debate on 8 May 2019 that transparency and media access are important. We continue to encourage Indonesian journalists to write openly and frankly about Papua to ensure that local perspectives are properly heard and are part of any debate.</p><p>Our Embassy in Jakarta is very active in promoting press freedom. To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2019 the Embassy arranged a full programme of activities to celebrate the work of journalists, media organisations and regulators. Indonesia will also be invited to the global Media Freedoms event in July, which the UK is co-hosting with Canada, which will promote the importance of media freedom and aim to adopt a more co-ordinated approach to securing the safety of media professionals.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T13:02:37.8Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T13:02:37.8Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this