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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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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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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 thismore than 2017-01-12
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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 thismore than 2017-01-12
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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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remove maximum value filtermore 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
582672
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-13more like thismore than 2016-09-13
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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: Politics and Government 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 criteria they consider the government of Zimbabwe would need to fulfil, in terms of demonstrating sustained adherence to the constitution of Zimbabwe and a sustained commitment to protecting the human rights of Zimbabwe citizens, before they would provide financial support for a land reform programme. more like this
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Lord Oates more like this
star this property uin HL1855 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 2016-09-26more like thismore than 2016-09-26
star this property answer text <p>Land reform in Zimbabwe is essential for improving agricultural productivity and broader economic development. The British Government has consistently said that it would be ready to join international partners in supporting a land reform programme in Zimbabwe that is transparent, fair, legal and within the context of a broad range of reforms. Separately, we continue to call, both bilaterally and in partnership with others, for an end to human rights abuses and the restoration of internationally accepted standards.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-09-26T15:29:29.34Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-26T15:29:29.34Z
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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
582673
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-13more like thismore than 2016-09-13
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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: Politics and Government 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 criteria they consider the government of Zimbabwe would need to fulfil, in terms of demonstrating sustained adherence to the constitution of Zimbabwe and a sustained commitment to protecting the human rights of Zimbabwe citizens, before they would provide an economic support package. more like this
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Lord Oates more like this
star this property uin HL1856 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 2016-09-26more like thismore than 2016-09-26
star this property answer text <p>The UK has no plans at present to provide an economic support package to the government of Zimbabwe. As we have made clear, any future decision on new funding through the International Financial Institutions would require considerable further progress on a wide range of reforms –including upholding the constitution and human rights alongside urgently needed economic reforms.</p><p>The UK has made clear that the international community must continue to support the people of Zimbabwe in exercising their democratic rights and in building a free, peaceful and prosperous future. Delivering critical assistance and services to empower poor Zimbabweans is central to this support. No UK aid is channelled directly through the government of Zimbabwe. We only provide direct funding to foreign Governments when they commit to improving the management of public finances, tackling concerns about human rights and corruption and improving domestic accountability.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-09-26T15:28:52.283Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-26T15:28:52.283Z
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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
539221
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star this property date less than 2016-07-18more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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: Politics and Government 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 Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 14 July (HL1012) in which they stated that the IMF "noted Zimbabwe's good progress and encouraged further reforms", what policies or actions they classify as examples of Zimbabwe's good progress on either economic or political reform. more like this
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Lord Oates more like this
star this property uin HL1297 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 2016-07-29more like thismore than 2016-07-29
star this property answer text <p>Following its May 2016 Article IV Consultation with Zimbabwe, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) noted that “despite the adverse environment, the authorities have reduced the fiscal deficit in both 2014 and 2015. They have started to rationalise public expenditures by implementing recommendations from the 2015 civil service audit. They are also amending the Public Financial Management and Procurement Acts. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has taken measures to restore confidence in the financial sector. All banks in operations now have capital buffers above the minimum requirements”. The IMF assessment did not cover political reform.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-07-29T13:59:20.517Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-29T13:59:20.517Z
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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
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-11-22more like thismore than 2016-11-22
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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: Police 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 impact on (1) freedom of the press, and (2) the impact on freedom of expression, of proposals to empower police to intercept communications and seize electronic equipment in Zimbabwe. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL3398 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 2016-12-01more like thismore than 2016-12-01
star this property answer text <p>We are concerned about the proposed Social Media Bill in Zimbabwe. The British Ambassador raised this with the Minister for Information, Media and Broadcasting on 19 September highlighting the importance of protecting freedom of media and expression, as guaranteed by Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution. The Ambassador also emphasised the importance of urgent implementation in law of the provisions of the constitution.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-12-01T14:08:44.783Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-01T14:08:44.783Z
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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 Deech more like this
641872
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star this property date less than 2016-11-22more like thismore than 2016-11-22
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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 assessment they have made of the treatment of Zimbabwean citizens by the government of Zimbabwe. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL3440 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 2016-12-02more like thismore than 2016-12-02
star this property answer text <p>In recent weeks we have noted with increasing concern the heavy-handed response of the authorities to peaceful and lawful demonstrators, and violence against opposition parties and social activists. We regularly call upon the Zimbabwean Government to end human rights abuses and restore internationally accepted standards. On 18 November our Ambassador and EU Heads of Mission in Harare issued a statement expressing concern at the increase in incidents, in violation of the fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in Chapter 4 of the Constitution.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-12-02T14:39:46.333Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-02T14:39:46.333Z
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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 Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-09-14more like thismore than 2016-09-14
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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 latest assessment of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL1916 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 2016-09-26more like thismore than 2016-09-26
star this property answer text <p>​The British Government's view is that the human rights situation in Zimbabwe has worsened in recent weeks. We have been particularly concerned by police violence in response to recent protests and demonstrations. As set out in the EU Statement of 30 August, the freedom to demonstrate and present petitions is enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution, along with other fundamental human rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression, assembly and association.</p><p>This Government made a 2015 manifesto commitment to stand up for the rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe remains one of the 30 UK Human Rights Priority Countries, where we monitor and report regularly on human rights and support programmes designed to make abuses less likely. We regularly call, both bilaterally and in partnership with others, for an end to human rights abuses and the restoration of internationally accepted standards.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-09-26T15:48:01.993Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-26T15:48:01.993Z
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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 Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-10-25more like thismore than 2016-10-25
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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: Elections 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 representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe on the reported failure of law enforcement agencies in that country to act to bring to justice perpetrators of violence and intimidation in electoral contests in Zimbabwe. more like this
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Lord Oates more like this
star this property uin HL2649 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 2016-11-03more like thismore than 2016-11-03
star this property answer text <p>​The UK condemns the use of violence and intimidation in elections. We have been concerned by recent reports of police violence, both during by-elections and in response to civil protests. We regularly urge the government of Zimbabwe to end human rights abuses and restore internationally accepted standards. British officials visited Norton, the location of the most recent by-election, on two occasions, as part of a ‘Diplomatic Watch’ observation mission with Australian, US and EU colleagues. They spoke to the candidates, urging calm. The group will now write to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, outlining its observations. We frequently urge the government of Zimbabwe to implement the provisions of the 2013 constitution, including those that relate to electoral reform.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-11-03T15:42:13.713Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-03T15:42:13.713Z
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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