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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in legal aid fees over the last five years to law firms Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day to conduct cases alleging abuse by British soldiers. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6235 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 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
star this property answer text <p>The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) cannot separately identify legal aid cases for those Iraqis alleging abuse by British Soldiers without disproportionate costs. Legal aid cases are not systematically recorded against nationality or cause of action.</p><p> </p><p>Leigh Day have not acted under legal aid in these types of cases. Public Interest Lawyers have acted for Iraqi clients under legal aid in cases seeking investigations into deaths and mistreatment.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The net payments to Public Interest Lawyers over the past five years were:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Amount</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008/09</p></td><td><p>£628,527.75</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>£267,433.88</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>£439,268.02</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>£331,238.85</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>£54,387.48</p><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>These payments cover all work undertaken by the firm under legal aid. The payments made will be offset by recoupment on successful cases where the opponent has paid the costs.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
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44579
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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 remove filter
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take steps to recover legal aid payments to the firm Public Interest Lawyers following their statement on 20 March that there was no evidence that British soldiers had murdered 20 Iraqis. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6236 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 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
star this property answer text <p>Legal aid is not funding the Al-Sweady Inquiry. There are therefore no plans to recover payments made from legal aid to Public Interest Lawyers following their statement on 20 March.</p><p> </p><p>On 20 March, at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into the most serious allegations against British soldiers in the Iraq War, lawyers representing Iraqi families withdrew their claim that the troops had killed unarmed civilians they had captured and brought back to an army base.</p><p> </p><p>The inquiry continues and the statement on 20 March does not mean that the inquiry has been abandoned.</p><p> </p><p>Legal aid was provided for an action prior to the Inquiry. Legal aid was provided to Iraqi applicants to seek an independent and effective investigation into deaths and torture or inhumane and degrading treatment in relation to the incident at checkpoint Danny Boy in Iraq in May 2004. As a result of these proceedings, the Secretary of State for Defence decided to hold the Al-Sweady Inquiry. This action was therefore successful in its aim.</p><p> </p><p>The Inquiry is not yet complete and the Chairman's report is not due to be published until later in the year. Public Interest Lawyers's statement refers to part only of the allegations made and the Ministry of Justice awaits the Inquiry Report before commenting further.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
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44580
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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 remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to investigate United Kingdom law firms pursuing claims of unfounded abuse by British soldiers. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6237 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 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
star this property answer text <p>There are no plans to investigate the firms as they are not funded under the legal aid regulations or their contract with the Lord Chancellor in the Al-Sweady inquiry. It would not be reasonable to investigate the firms under their contract in relation to a matter arising outside their contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
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752415
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
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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 remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to report any solicitor firms that have been engaged in fraudulent claims alleging food poisoning of British holidaymakers on holiday overseas to the NCA for investigation of conspiracy and fraud. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL861 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 2017-07-26more like thismore than 2017-07-26
star this property answer text <p>On 9 July the Government announced the action it is taking to tackle the apparent increase in claims for gastric illness by holidaymakers.</p><p> </p><p>It is for individual regulators including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Claims Management Regulation Unit to take disciplinary action where rules of conduct have been broken. Regulators can and do refer cases to the police for investigation where they believe that a criminal offence may have been committed.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-07-26T13:16:05.4Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-26T13:16:05.4Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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497
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172371
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Al-Sweady Inquiry more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much legal aid has been paid to Public Interest Lawyers in respect of allegations made during the Al-Sweady inquiry; and what steps they plan to take to recover such money. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL3954 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 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Legal aid did not fund the Al-Sweady inquiry itself, nor did it fund the legal representation at the inquiry for the families of the Iraqi civilians who were killed.</p><p> </p><p>However, the inquiry stemmed from six people bringing a civil judicial review claim against the Ministry of Defence. These challenges were funded by legal aid. Payments on account were made which amounted to £188,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Justice Secretary ordered the LAA to conduct a rigorous review into the actions of Public Interest Lawyers in handling of evidence and documents relating to the Al-Sweady Inquiry. Some concerns were referred to the independent Solicitors Regulation Authority and they are now carrying out an investigation into these matters.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2015-02-04T16:39:33.773Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-04T16:39:33.773Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
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147402
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Antisemitism more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current law is sufficient to deal with hate messages against Jews on social media, including Twitter. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL2806 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 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Yes. The Government is absolutely clear that abusive and threatening behaviour online – whoever the target - is totally unacceptable. A number of offences may be committed by abusing others on social media. A message sent by means of a public electronic communications network, such as a message on Twitter, which is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing may be an offence under section 127(1) of the Communications Act 2003. Sending indecent, grossly offensive or threatening material to another with the purpose of causing distress or anxiety to a person to whom the material is communicated, including by means of the internet, is an offence under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.</p><p> </p><p>Internet abuse could also amount to an offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 if it is carried out as part of a ‘course of conduct’ which amounts to harassment or puts someone in fear of violence.</p><p> </p><p>Changes to the law being taken forward in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill will increase the maximum penalty for offences under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 to 2 years imprisonment, and will mean that the current requirement that prosecutions are brought within 6 months of the offence being committed will no longer apply. The Bill will also extend the time within which prosecutions under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 may be brought, to up to three years from commission of the offence, as long as this is also within 6 months of the prosecutor having knowledge of sufficient evidence to justify proceedings.</p><p> </p><p>These steps will help to ensure that people who commit these awful crimes are prosecuted and properly punished. Where any crime is motivated by or demonstrates hatred based on the race or religion of the victim, the courts will take this into account in passing sentence.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-11-24T17:33:23.8Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-24T17:33:23.8Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
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476451
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-15more like thismore than 2016-03-15
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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
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star this property hansard heading Joanna Dennehy more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much legal aid has been, and is likely to be, paid to Hugh Southey QC and the solicitors representing Joanna Denneby in her claim that segregation in jail breaches her human rights. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL7030 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 2016-03-31more like thismore than 2016-03-31
star this property answer text <p>A civil legal aid certificate was granted to the solicitors to complete work within the scope of the certificate, up to a maximum value of £15,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Legal Aid Agency have not granted authority for a QC to be instructed under the legal aid certificate to represent Joanna Dennehy in this case, therefore the instructed counsel will not be paid at QC rates.</p><p> </p><p>We robustly defend compensation claims as far as the evidence allows, and have successfully defended two thirds of prisoner claims over the last three years. As previously announced, we have launched a crackdown on claims against the Prison Service to identify opportunities to cut payouts and legal costs. Prisoners should not get legal aid unnecessarily, and we have already stopped funding for cases that can be dealt with through existing complaints processes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2016-03-31T12:42:32.67Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-31T12:42:32.67Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
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693687
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-02-23more like thismore than 2017-02-23
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Legal Profession: Conduct more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to consult on the creation of a fully independent body able to investigate and to rule on the ethics, conduct and behaviour of lawyers, with the ability to bring criminal prosecutions against solicitors and barristers for breaches of the law. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL5590 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 2017-03-02more like thismore than 2017-03-02
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s world leading legal services industry is based on the talent and professionalism of those who work within it.</p><p> </p><p>The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government, as are the bodies that regulate it. The Law Society is the body with statutory authority to regulate solicitors. It is required to ensure the independence of its regulatory function, which is delivered through the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.</p><p> </p><p>It would be for the police to investigate any allegations of criminal conduct. If the police consider, after investigation, that there is a case to answer they will place the matter before the Crown Prosecution Service for action.</p><p> </p><p>Where an issue of public concern needs investigating, the Minister may cause an inquiry to be held under the Inquiries Act 2005. There are no current plans to set up an inquiry into the ethics of lawyers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL5591 more like this
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less than 2017-03-02T13:30:25.82Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-02T13:30:25.82Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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497
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693689
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star this property date less than 2017-02-23more like thismore than 2017-02-23
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Legal Profession: Conduct more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to set up a public inquiry to investigate the ethics of lawyers. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL5591 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 2017-03-02more like thismore than 2017-03-02
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s world leading legal services industry is based on the talent and professionalism of those who work within it.</p><p> </p><p>The legal profession in England and Wales is independent from government, as are the bodies that regulate it. The Law Society is the body with statutory authority to regulate solicitors. It is required to ensure the independence of its regulatory function, which is delivered through the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.</p><p> </p><p>It would be for the police to investigate any allegations of criminal conduct. If the police consider, after investigation, that there is a case to answer they will place the matter before the Crown Prosecution Service for action.</p><p> </p><p>Where an issue of public concern needs investigating, the Minister may cause an inquiry to be held under the Inquiries Act 2005. There are no current plans to set up an inquiry into the ethics of lawyers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL5590 more like this
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less than 2017-03-02T13:30:25.897Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-02T13:30:25.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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497
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713136
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-21more like thismore than 2017-03-21
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Legal Profession: Regulation more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the consultation proposed in <i>A better deal: boosting competition to bring down bills for families and firms</i> (Cm 9164), published in November 2015, on making legal regulators fully independent of the representative bodies has been launched, and, if not, why not. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6256 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 2017-04-04more like thismore than 2017-04-04
star this property answer text <p>The government has not yet issued a consultation on making legal services regulators independent from their representative bodies, and will respond to the Competition and Markets Authority’s report and recommendations shortly.</p><p> </p><p>The final report of the Insurance Fraud Task Force (January 2016) included a recommendation that the government should consider strengthening the enforcement powers of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We are reviewing the position on this and considering what further action may be appropriate.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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HL6257 more like this
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HL6259 more like this
HL6260 more like this
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less than 2017-04-04T15:48:26.947Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-04T15:48:26.947Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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497
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