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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Nuclear Weapons more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Renata Dwan, Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, warned on 21 May that the risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, and that the world should take this threat more seriously. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
star this property answer text <p>Today's security climate is challenging, with the threats faced by the United Kingdom increasing in scale, diversity and complexity. However, Her Majesty's Government does not believe that the risk of nuclear war is greater today than it was during the Cold War.</p><p>While the operation of an independent, minimum, credible nuclear deterrent continues to be necessary to protect the United Kingdom from the most extreme threats to our national security and way of life, the UK has taken a number of unilateral actions that build confidence and reduce international tensions. Our negative security assurances, as set out in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, are designed to give Non-Nuclear Weapons States in compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty confidence that nuclear weapons will not be used against them. Further, since 1994, UK Trident missiles have not been targeted at any State; our Vanguard class submarines are at several days' notice to fire; only the Prime Minister has the authority to launch nuclear weapons maintaining political control at all times; and the UK has been transparent about its nuclear capability, including missile and warhead numbers.</p><p>The Government is committed to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons and continues to work internationally, within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, towards achieving the conditions in which all nuclear weapons possessor states are willing to relinquish their nuclear weapons.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2019-06-11T15:17:19.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T15:17:19.433Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1128001
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Special Educational Needs 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 steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities comply fully with the Children and Families Act 2014 in the cases of children with education, health and care plans; and what action they are taking to ensure that there are no disincentives, both in terms of funding and concerns over their position on league tables, for schools to be inclusive and to accept children with special educational needs. more like this
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star this property uin HL15886 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-31more like thismore than 2019-05-31
star this property answer text <p>To ensure local authorities comply fully with their obligations under the Children and Families Act (2014), including on education, health and care plans, we introduced new local area special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inspections by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in 2016. All local areas will be inspected by 2021. These inspections do not give a pass/fail judgement. They instead identify areas of strength and where improvement is required, including asking an area to produce a Written Statement of Action if there are significant concerns. Where we have concerns with a local area’s performance, we work with partners, including NHS England, to support and challenge the area to improve.</p><p> </p><p>The inspection reports have proved a catalyst for local change, both where Written Statements of Action have been required and where they have not. Local authorities and their health partners have embraced the process and used inspection findings to prioritise areas for improvement.</p><p> </p><p>In terms of ensuring schools are inclusive, the Children and Families Act (2014) reinforced the presumption of mainstream education for children with SEND. The attached SEND Code of Practice provides detailed guidance to schools about how to support children with SEND. The new Ofsted common inspection framework, introduced from September 2019, emphasises the need for leaders to offer high-quality, inclusive education and training to all.</p><p> </p><p>We launched a call for evidence on how the special educational needs funding system operates in May 2019 to help us understand how the current available funding is distributed, and what improvements to the financial arrangements could be made in future.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-05-31T10:27:09.16Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-31T10:27:09.16Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property file name HL15886_SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf more like this
star this property title HL15886_PDF more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1128002
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Buses: Exhaust Emissions 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 percentage of buses in the UK are currently zero-emission; what percentage of new bus orders are zero-emission; and whether they have a target for the number of zero-emission buses by 2025; and if so, what is that target. more like this
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star this property uin HL15887 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>The Government believes that it is right to reduce NOx and carbon emissions on the UK bus fleet. That is why it has provided over £240 million so far to help fund the cleanest buses, and in February 2019 announced the winners of a £48 million scheme which will fund a further 263 zero emission buses. Currently 17% of the UK bus fleet is low emission and 1% is zero emission. In 2018 4.2% of all new bus orders were for a zero-emission bus. Whilst there is no target for the number of zero emission buses by 2025 the Government is committed to the decarbonisation of the UK bus fleet.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
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less than 2019-06-04T13:07:42.27Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T13:07:42.27Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1128003
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment 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 have raised with the government of Saudi Arabia its decision to execute 37 men convicted of terrorism on 23 April; and whether they have sought further clarification of the terrorist offences for which those executed were convicted. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian remove filter
star this property uin HL15888 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
star this property answer text <p>We are very concerned by the 37 executions in Saudi Arabia on 23 April. The Foreign Secretary raised this matter directly and asked for more information from the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Minister Al Jubeir. The British Government opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and in every country, including in Saudi Arabia. We regularly raise human rights concerns, including the use of the death penalty, at the highest levels with the Saudi Arabian authorities. We consistently and unreservedly condemn torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and it is a priority for us to challenge it wherever and whenever it occurs.</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 2019-06-05T15:59:18.943Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T15:59:18.943Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1128004
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Aras Amiri 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 further information they have on the case of Aras Amiri, the British Council worker whose sentence to 10 years in prison in Iran for spying was reported on 14 May; and what action they are taking to ensure her safety and wellbeing. more like this
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star this property uin HL15889 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-30more like thismore than 2019-05-30
star this property answer text <p>​We remain very concerned about reports of Aras Amiri's sentence. We are still continuing to work closely with the British Council to understand the situation further and to provide what support and advice we can, recognising that unfortunately, as a mono-Iranian national, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has no formal or practical ability to request consular access. We regularly raise human rights with the Iranian authorities at all levels and we continue to take action with the international community to press Iran to improve its poor record on all human rights issues.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-30T15:56:26.387Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-30T15:56:26.387Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1128005
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Nigeria: Islamic State more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the influence of the Islamic State in West Africa Province in north eastern Nigeria and the potential for further conflict across in the region. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian remove filter
star this property uin HL15890 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>We are concerned with the increase of Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) activity in North Eastern Nigeria. Together with international partners, we will continue to support Nigeria and its neighbours to tackle threats to regional stability by ISWA. Regional governments must work together to stabilise areas affected by terrorism and reduce safe havens for terrorists. Humanitarian operations have been placed under pressure and some suspended, cutting off support for up to 120,000 people. We are working with international partners to support contingency planning to protect aid workers, providing strategic military advice, and are reviewing options for additional UK assistance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-04T13:50:04.12Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T13:50:04.12Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1128006
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Brazil: Rain Forests 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 whether they have made representations to the government of Brazil to exercise restraint over the economic exploitation of Amazon rainforest, in view of its importance to the global environment. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian remove filter
star this property uin HL15891 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>​Our posts in Brazil frequently engage with the Brazilian Government on a number of environmental issues including deforestation. We have been having positive discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture and work closely with them on our International Climate Fund programmes.</p><p>We are working with Brazil to help ensure it continues to protect the Amazon and have invested nearly £120 million through the International Climate Fund on projects to limit deforestation, prevent forest fires and implement the Forestry Code in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biomes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-04T13:51:51.243Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T13:51:51.243Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1123753
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star this property date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Libya: Politics and Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate the UN-sponsored Libyan National Conference originally scheduled to take place in Ghadames on 14 April will now take place; if so, when; and whether they have sought further clarification of US policy on Libya particularly in the light of the White House statement of 19 April, detailing the telephone conversation between President Trump and Khalifa Haftar, in which the two "discussed a shared vision for Libya's transition to a stable, democratic political system." more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
star this property answer text <p>The UK continues to strongly support the work of UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé. Clearly, the current fighting represents a significant set-back for efforts to facilitate a more inclusive political settlement in Libya, and we understand his plans for the National Conference are for the moment on hold. However, it remains our and SRSG Salamé's view that there can be no military solution in Libya and that we must continue to work towards a ceasefire and a return to a political process.</p><p>The US has consistently advocated the need for a sustainable political solution in Libya. That will require buy-in from a range of different Libyan stakeholders, including General Haftar and Prime Minister Serraj. We will continue to discuss with the US and our other partners how best to achieve a de-escalation, ceasefire, and a return to political talks.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-08T15:10:49.077Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T15:10:49.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1123754
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star this property date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Russia: North Korea 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 purpose and outcome of the summit meeting which took place between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok on 25 April. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian remove filter
star this property uin HL15392 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
star this property answer text <p>It is positive that President Putin used his meeting to stress that he wants to see the full denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. We hope that he also urged Kim Jong Un to honour his commitments to denuclearise and to re-engage with the US. A denuclearised North Korea is in all of our interests.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-08T15:08:40.017Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T15:08:40.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1123755
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star this property date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Algeria: Politics and Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support a national dialogue to achieve a peaceful political transition in Algeria, following the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on 2 April. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian remove filter
star this property uin HL15393 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answer text <p>​We are following events in Algeria closely, following (former) President Bouteflika's resignation, the appointment of an interim Head of State and the announcement of presidential election scheduled for 4 July.</p><p>We have discussed these developments with Algerian officials and civil society representatives at a variety of levels. We commend the peaceful and dignified nature of the demonstration. The forthcoming transition period is a matter for the Algerian people.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-05-13T14:40:47.343Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T14:40:47.343Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this