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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Expenditure more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's non-fiscal spend was in real terms in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14 and (f) 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
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Mary Creagh more like this
star this property uin 220647 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 2015-01-21more like thismore than 2015-01-21
star this property answer text “Non-fiscal spend” is not a formal term in the UK National Accounting framework. It is sometimes used to refer to items of public expenditure, which although included in departmental budgets, are either not classified as spending in the National Accounts or use a different source.<p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey more like this
star this property answering member printed Danny Alexander more like this
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220622 more like this
220808 more like this
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less than 2015-01-21T17:22:14.847Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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1535
star this property label Biography information for Danny Alexander more like this
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1579
unstar this property label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
173539
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Asylum: Females more like this
star this property house id 2 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 publish their response to General Recommendation No. 32 from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, published on 14 November 2014, in particular those recommendations concerning female interviewers and interpreters for women asylum-applicants, and those relating to legal representation. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
star this property uin HL4121 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 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>Unlike the concluding observations which the CEDAW Committee issues to the UK specifically after each of our periodic examinations, General Recommendations are issued by the Committee to all 188 States which are party to the Convention. That means that not all the General Recommendations will actually be relevant to the UK's circumstances and policies, and it is not the normal practice of the Government to respond specifically to the publication of General Recommendations.</p><p> </p><p>If a General Recommendation is relevant to the UK, then the Committee will assess us against it during our periodic examination. We will receive their evaluation and we will have the opportunity to respond fully at that stage. The Government has, however, noted the publication of General Recommendation No. 32 on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women by the Committee, and the content has been conveyed to the Home Office.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Home Office will of course be able to answer any specific questions the noble Lord has on female interviewers and interpreters for women asylum applicants.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Garden of Frognal more like this
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less than 2015-01-22T17:08:22.237Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T17:08:22.237Z
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3842
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Garden of Frognal more like this
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2018
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
173526
star this property registered interest false more like this
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Zimbabwe more like this
star this property house id 2 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 current assessment of the situation in Zimbabwe; and what level of aid the United Kingdom is providing to that country. more like this
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Lord Luce more like this
star this property uin HL4108 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 2015-01-23more like thismore than 2015-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The United Kingdom continues to closely monitor events in Zimbabwe, including the recent changes within the ruling party. We remain committed to supporting the aspirations of the Zimbabwean people for a more democratic, stable and prosperous future.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2013/14 we provided £106 million in aid to Zimbabwe. This aid focused on helping the country’s poorest people, including providing healthcare, water, sanitation, and access to markets needed for people to earn enough money to meet their basic needs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>No UK aid goes directly through GoZ systems. UK aid is instead channelled through multilateral institutions such as United Nations Agencies, most notably the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as international Non-Governmental Organisations and the private sector.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The most up to date figures of DFID spend can be found in DFID’s Annual Report.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2015-01-23T12:04:37.11Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-23T12:04:37.11Z
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2539
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
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908
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Luce more like this
173533
star this property registered interest false more like this
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
star this property hansard heading Northern Ireland Government more like this
star this property house id 2 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 their agreement in paragraph 37 of the Stormont House Agreement to "make full disclosure" to the proposed Historical Investigation Unit includes the handing over of all relevant files and documents in the possession of the security services and the Army; what is the current United Kingdom legislation applying to existing bodies that is said to prevent "damaging onward disclosure of information"; and whether they can guarantee, in the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland, that the legislation will meet their duty to keep people safe and secure and will be compliant with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL4115 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 2015-01-23more like thismore than 2015-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The Stormont House Agreement made clear that the UK Government will make full disclosure of all relevant information held by UK Government departments to the Historical Investigations Unit.</p><p>There are various statutes which contain provisions designed to prevent damaging disclosure of sensitive information. These range from the Official Secrets Act 1989, which applies generally and deals with disclosure of Government information, to other approaches that deal with specific legal processes, such as the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 which governs disclosure of information by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Appropriate legislation will be drafted to provide for the specific requirements of the Historical Investigations Unit regarding onward disclosure, in line with arrangements for existing bodies and consistent with the Stormont House Agreement.</p><p>The UK Government is committed to ensuring that the right to life (Article 2) is protected and that the Government also fulfils its duty to keep people safe and secure, in Northern Ireland and across the United Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Randerson more like this
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less than 2015-01-23T12:59:35.28Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-23T12:59:35.28Z
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4230
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Randerson more like this
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2479
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Laird more like this
173368
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Telecommunications more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the provision of broadband and other appropriate telecommunications access mandatory for all new housing and commercial developments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Eric Ollerenshaw more like this
star this property uin 220548 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 2015-02-03more like thismore than 2015-02-03
star this property answer text <p>The National Planning Framework Policy states that in preparing local plans local authorities should support the expansion of high-speed broadband and engage with developers and providers. In December 2014 we published “Better Connected”, a guide agreed between housing developers and utility companies which includes voluntary performance standards for the connection of broadband. Separately Government is also considering whether new buildings should be required to provide certain technology to ensure connections to broadband infrastructure.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 222311 more like this
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less than 2015-02-03T17:30:31.007Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-03T17:30:31.007Z
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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4141
unstar this property label Biography information for Eric Ollerenshaw more like this
173523
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thisremove minimum value filter
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 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, in the light of the practice in the life assurance and reassurance markets of pension buyouts and longevity swaps, what is their assessment of the expected growth of those markets and at what point it would require assessment of the market exposure to systemic risk. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL4105 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 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that pension buy-outs, buy-ins and longevity swap transactions provide an important means for pension schemes and firms to transfer longevity risk to a willing buyer. Factors that may lead to changes in the size and quantum of these markets and their ability to pose systemic risks to regulated firms is a matter for the Prudential Regulation Authority.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T16:53:37.013Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T16:53:37.013Z
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4262
star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
173521
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thisremove minimum value filter
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Banks more like this
star this property house id 2 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 evaluation of progress in changing the culture in the banking sector in the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL4103 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 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government has taken a substantial number of measures to change the culture in UK banking.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>This Government supported the work of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards which reported in June 2013 on professional standards and culture of the UK banking sector. Legislation to give effect to its recommendations on banking standards and individual accountability were included in the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. The Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Treasury worked through 2014 to prepare secondary legislation, regulatory rules and other detailed implementing measures.</p><p> </p><p>The Government expects to announce the final timetable for implementing these reforms shortly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the Financial Services Act 2012, this Government introduced a new criminal offence to address the issue of the manipulation of the LIBOR interest rate benchmark. In December 2014 the government announced that this offence would be extended to cover a further seven financial benchmarks from, subject to Parliamentary approval, 1 April 2015.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We also recognise that there is more to do if the banking industry and global financial markets are to regain public trust. The Chancellor of the Exchequer therefore announced in his Mansion House speech in June 2014 a Treasury, Bank of England and FCA review of the operation of the foreign exchange, fixed income and commodity markets. The Fair and Effective Markets Review will examine how trust and credibility in these markets can be restored. The review will report in June 2015.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In November 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in co-ordination with financial regulators in the US and Switzerland, announced the outcome of its investigations into attempted manipulation of foreign exchange markets by 5 banks. It imposed penalties on 5 banks totalling £1.11 billion. In addition the Director of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_Fraud_Office" target="_blank">Serious Fraud Office</a> opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange market in July 2014. The Government does not comment on ongoing investigations, so as not to prejudice these inquiries.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ensuring that firms incentivise employees to behave in the right way is essential to restoring public trust in financial services. The Fair &amp; Effective Markets Review’s scope covers trading practices in markets, and drivers of behaviour including incentives for individuals. In November 2014 the Chancellor wrote to the Governor of the Bank of England to ask that the increasing levels of fixed remuneration in the financial sector following the introduction of the ‘bonus cap’ be considered as part of this work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL4096 more like this
HL4104 more like this
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less than 2015-01-27T16:42:38.423Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-27T16:42:38.423Z
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4262
star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
173522
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thisremove minimum value filter
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Financial Services more like this
star this property house id 2 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 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has considered investigating the conduct or operation of the boards of any of the companies that have been fined for practices relating to LIBOR, gold price fixing or foreign exchange manipulation. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL4104 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 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government has taken a substantial number of measures to change the culture in UK banking.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>This Government supported the work of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards which reported in June 2013 on professional standards and culture of the UK banking sector. Legislation to give effect to its recommendations on banking standards and individual accountability were included in the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. The Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Treasury worked through 2014 to prepare secondary legislation, regulatory rules and other detailed implementing measures.</p><p> </p><p>The Government expects to announce the final timetable for implementing these reforms shortly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the Financial Services Act 2012, this Government introduced a new criminal offence to address the issue of the manipulation of the LIBOR interest rate benchmark. In December 2014 the government announced that this offence would be extended to cover a further seven financial benchmarks from, subject to Parliamentary approval, 1 April 2015.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We also recognise that there is more to do if the banking industry and global financial markets are to regain public trust. The Chancellor of the Exchequer therefore announced in his Mansion House speech in June 2014 a Treasury, Bank of England and FCA review of the operation of the foreign exchange, fixed income and commodity markets. The Fair and Effective Markets Review will examine how trust and credibility in these markets can be restored. The review will report in June 2015.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In November 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in co-ordination with financial regulators in the US and Switzerland, announced the outcome of its investigations into attempted manipulation of foreign exchange markets by 5 banks. It imposed penalties on 5 banks totalling £1.11 billion. In addition the Director of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_Fraud_Office" target="_blank">Serious Fraud Office</a> opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange market in July 2014. The Government does not comment on ongoing investigations, so as not to prejudice these inquiries.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ensuring that firms incentivise employees to behave in the right way is essential to restoring public trust in financial services. The Fair &amp; Effective Markets Review’s scope covers trading practices in markets, and drivers of behaviour including incentives for individuals. In November 2014 the Chancellor wrote to the Governor of the Bank of England to ask that the increasing levels of fixed remuneration in the financial sector following the introduction of the ‘bonus cap’ be considered as part of this work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL4096 more like this
HL4103 more like this
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less than 2015-01-27T16:42:38.68Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-27T16:42:38.68Z
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4262
star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
173519
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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate more like this
star this property house id 2 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, following the findings of the European Medicines Agency review of Valproate in pregnancy, and the past issue of the availability of information to patients, why the new instructions from the European Medicines Agency have not become mandatory. more like this
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Baroness Masham of Ilton more like this
star this property uin HL4101 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 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>Sodium valproate has been authorised since the early 1970’s for the treatment of epilepsy. It was known at the time of licensing that valproate was associated with an increased risk of birth defects and it was authorised for the treatment of women of childbearing potential only where other treatments were ineffective. The authorised product information (Summary of Product Characteristics or SPC and Patient Information Leaflet or PIL) contain warnings about the risks associated with use in pregnancy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) initiated a Europe-wide review of the risk of developmental disorders in October 2013 following publication of studies which provided further information on the magnitude and nature of the risk of developmental disorders in children born to mothers who took valproate in pregnancy. The Europe-wide review, led by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, was completed in November 2014 and MHRA is working to fully implement the conclusions of that review which are binding in all Member States. There will be a mandatory requirement for all manufacturers to update the valproate SPC and PIL with strengthened warnings and in addition new educational materials will be provided to healthcare professionals and patients.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4102 more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T12:28:03.583Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T12:28:03.583Z
star this property answering member
2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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1850
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Masham of Ilton more like this
173520
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate more like this
star this property house id 2 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 intend to issue an apology for the failure to inform female patients of the dangers of Valproate in pregnancy and the harm caused to children as a result. more like this
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Baroness Masham of Ilton more like this
star this property uin HL4102 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 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>Sodium valproate has been authorised since the early 1970’s for the treatment of epilepsy. It was known at the time of licensing that valproate was associated with an increased risk of birth defects and it was authorised for the treatment of women of childbearing potential only where other treatments were ineffective. The authorised product information (Summary of Product Characteristics or SPC and Patient Information Leaflet or PIL) contain warnings about the risks associated with use in pregnancy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) initiated a Europe-wide review of the risk of developmental disorders in October 2013 following publication of studies which provided further information on the magnitude and nature of the risk of developmental disorders in children born to mothers who took valproate in pregnancy. The Europe-wide review, led by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, was completed in November 2014 and MHRA is working to fully implement the conclusions of that review which are binding in all Member States. There will be a mandatory requirement for all manufacturers to update the valproate SPC and PIL with strengthened warnings and in addition new educational materials will be provided to healthcare professionals and patients.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4101 more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T12:28:03.67Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T12:28:03.67Z
star this property answering member
2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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1850
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Masham of Ilton more like this