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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star 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 thebigword 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 a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters under the contract with <i>thebigword</i>; and if so, what is it, and against what baseline it is measured. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL4606 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-26more like thismore than 2017-01-26
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a range of quality language services that meet the needs of all those that require them.</p><p> </p><p>All our new language service contracts contain robust performance and charging provisions which are designed to ensure the value for money and affordability of the services provided by the department's suppliers. However, we have not felt it appropriate to set a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters, which is a demand-led service, given the importance we attach to the provision of such support to those who most need it.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T14:22:30.823Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:22:30.823Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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3829
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672269
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star 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 thebigword 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 the contract with <i>thebigword</i> for court interpreters specifies any particular level or type of qualification which individual interpreters are expected to have. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL4607 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-26more like thismore than 2017-01-26
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a range of high quality language services that meet the needs of all those that require them.</p><p> </p><p>Bookings are classified depending on their complexity level, namely: ‘standard’, ‘complex’ and ‘complex written’. These complexity levels were determined by each Commissioning Body.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that the contract sets out the minimum level of qualification and experience a language professional is required to have in order to work on each complexity level of booking. Details of these qualifications can be found at: <a href="https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/975cb99e-fec6-430f-8f31-fd532a907137" target="_blank">https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/975cb99e-fec6-430f-8f31-fd532a907137</a></p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T14:23:54.683Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:23:54.683Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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3829
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672273
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star 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 thebigword 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 which company, or companies, are being sub-contracted by <i>thebigword</i> to provide court interpreting services; and whether those companies are subject to quality assurance. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL4611 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-26more like thismore than 2017-01-26
star this property answer text <p>To ensure a high and consistent level of fulfilment across all geographical areas and in rare languages, thebigword have partnered with a number of subcontractors, namely: Global Language Services Limited, Cintra Translations Limited, Debonair Languages Ltd, Supreme Linguistic Services Ltd, Mango Spice Language Solutions, J-anne Interpreting and Translation Service Limited, Global Translation Services and Language River.</p><p> </p><p>Thebigword must ensure that its subcontracts contain obligations no less onerous on the sub-contractor than those imposed on them by the Ministry, including those relating to quality and performance standards. Thebigword are also responsible for carrying out audits to ensure subcontractor adherence to the contract service specification.</p><p> </p><p>All language professionals provided by thebigword, whether directly or via subcontractor, will be subject to ongoing quality assurance provided by The Language Shop. This includes a programme of 'spot checks' of interpreters undertaking assignments.</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T14:27:17.82Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:27:17.82Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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3829
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
713673
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-23more like thismore than 2017-03-23
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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
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: South Africa 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 impact on the Zimbabwe economy of the announcement by the South African Home Affairs Minister on 7 February that Zimbabweans who previously acquired permits to work, conduct business, or study in South Africa under special dispensation will have to follow the normal channel of applying for work and study visas when their permits expire in December, and of the extent to which those new requirements will lead to Zimbabweans holding such permits losing their jobs and rights of residence. more like this
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Lord Oates more like this
star this property uin HL6270 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-05more like thismore than 2017-04-05
star this property answer text <p>The South African Government has the right to apply their own rules about visas and work and study permits. It is for the South African and Zimbabwean authorities to comment on the impact this might have on the Zimbabwean economy and on jobs held by Zimbabweans in South Africa.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-04-05T15:56:42.063Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-05T15:56:42.063Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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4549
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Oates more like this
711178
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-14more like thismore than 2017-03-14
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Pensions 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 will consider making a contribution to the proposed Zimbabwe Public Service Pension Fund from either the aid programme or the superannuation fund. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
star this property uin HL6066 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-21more like thismore than 2017-03-21
star this property answer text <p>Responsibility for Zimbabwe’s public service pensioners rests with the Government of Zimbabwe. The Government will therefore not consider making a contribution from either UK aid funds, or the superannuation fund.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2017-03-21T17:37:21.73Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-21T17:37:21.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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670
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
713108
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-21more like thismore than 2017-03-21
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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
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Pensions 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 estimate they have made of the cost of making the necessary financial arrangements to enable the government of Zimbabwe to pay the pension arrears owing to those former members of HM Overseas Service who responded to the British Government's request that they remain in their posts after Southern Rhodesia became independent. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
star this property uin HL6228 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-03more like thismore than 2017-04-03
star this property answer text <p>The Government understands the hardship that lack of pension payments causes to former service-people and their families. The British Ambassador to Zimbabwe raises pensions frequently with the Zimbabwean Government and has secured written confirmation that it will resume payments when the economic situation improves. However, we have not made an estimate of the cost as these payments are the responsibility of the Government of Zimbabwe as set out in the Lancaster House Agreement in 1979.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-04-03T16:10:24.927Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-03T16:10:24.927Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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670
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
718238
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2017-04-06more like thismore than 2017-04-06
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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
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 remove filter
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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 cost of proposals submitted by the Overseas Service Pension Association in December 2016 for assisting the government of Zimbabwe in meeting its obligations to Zimbabwe public service pensions. more like this
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Lord Goodlad more like this
star this property uin HL6737 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-19more like thismore than 2017-04-19
star this property answer text <p>The Government understands the hardship that lack of pension payments causes to former service-people and their families. The British Ambassador to Zimbabwe raises pensions frequently with the Zimbabwean Government and has secured written confirmation that it will resume payments when the economic situation improves. However, we have not made an estimate of the cost as these payments are the responsibility of the Government of Zimbabwe as set out in the Lancaster House Agreement in 1979.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-04-19T15:33:45.37Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-19T15:33:45.37Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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670
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Goodlad more like this
713674
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-23more like thismore than 2017-03-23
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid 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 much overseas development aid funding has been committed to Zimbabwe in each of the last ten years for which figures are available. more like this
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Lord Oates more like this
star this property uin HL6271 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-03more like thismore than 2017-04-03
star this property answer text <p>The amounts of UK official bilateral development assistance to Zimbabwe in the last ten years are set out below. The final figure for 2016 will be published in mid-2017.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total UK Net Bilateral Official Development Assistance </strong> <strong>(£ thousands)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>92,896</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>104,024</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>93,836</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>138,831</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>48,357</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>69,936</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>71,309</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>49,323</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>47,022</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>37,970</p></td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2017-04-03T10:36:12.503Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-03T10:36:12.503Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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4549
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Oates more like this
692192
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-02-20more like thismore than 2017-02-20
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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
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Human Rights 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 when they last discussed human rights in Zimbabwe with the government of that country. more like this
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Lord Patten more like this
star this property uin HL5486 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-06more like thismore than 2017-03-06
star this property answer text <p>We regularly call on Zimbabwe to end human rights abuses and restore internationally accepted standards. For example, the British Embassy in Harare raised the case of Pastor Evan Mawarire and human rights more generally with the Zimbabwean Deputy Foreign Minister on 2 February, the Deputy Prosecutor General on 7 February and the Minister for ICT, Postal and Courier Services on 8 February.</p><p>The UK Government made a manifesto commitment in 2015 to stand up for human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-03-06T16:47:36.677Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-06T16:47:36.677Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-30more like thismore than 2017-03-30
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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
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe: Human Rights 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 is their most recent assessment of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL6472 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-11more like thismore than 2017-04-11
star this property answer text <p>We remain very concerned about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. The Government continues to uphold its manifesto commitment to &quot;stand up for human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe&quot;. We regularly urge the Government of Zimbabwe to honour its obligations; we monitor reports of human rights violations, including attending trials of activists; and invest in a wide range of programmes designed to improve access to justice and provide practical support for human rights defenders.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-04-11T14:50:43.377Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-11T14:50:43.377Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this