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star this property date less than 2015-01-08more like thismore than 2015-01-08
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Government Departments: Staff 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, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 18 December 2014 (HL3693) and by Lord Henley on 13 March 2013 (WA 73) and 10 January 2012 (WA37–8), which Home Office Minister authorised the decision to withhold from Parliament the names of the Home Office officials convicted of offences relating to misconduct in public office for which they have received custodial sentences; and when the previous practice of revealing such names in parliamentary answers was changed. more like this
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Lord Marlesford more like this
star this property uin HL4039 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 2015-02-12more like thismore than 2015-02-12
star this property answer text <p>Lord Bates approved the response to HL3693 but in view of the Noble Lords further question we are reviewing our position and will write accordingly.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T17:42:01.86Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T17:42:01.86Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Marlesford more like this
172982
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Training 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 plans they have to encourage co-operation in training between the armed forces of the United Kingdom and those of the Republic of Ireland. more like this
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Lord Eames more like this
star this property uin HL4054 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 2015-02-23more like thismore than 2015-02-23
star this property answer text <p>On 19 January 2015, the Secretary of State for Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ireland designed to increase the level of Defence engagement between our Armed Forces; it includes provision for co-operation on training.</p><p>A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding is attached.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Astor of Hever more like this
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less than 2015-02-23T16:54:49.847Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-23T16:54:49.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Astor of Hever more like this
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star this property file name MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.JPG more like this
unstar this property title MOU - Defence Engagement with Ireland and our AF more like this
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2793
star this property label Biography information for Lord Eames more like this
172983
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Training more like this
star this property house id 2 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 to what extent joint training in peace-keeping methods has taken place involving the armed forces of the United Kingdom and those of the Republic of Ireland. more like this
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Lord Eames more like this
star this property uin HL4055 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 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
star this property answer text <p>At present the UK and the Irish Defence Force cooperate in a limted number of activities, including the UK's support to the EU training mission in Mali and the UK's efforts to counter Ebola in Sierra Leone. However, the Memorandum of Understanding signed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and his Irish counterpart on 19 January 2015 contains provisions for greater co-operation in training, as a result of which we hope to see UK/Irish training expanded in the future, including in the area of peacekeeping.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Astor of Hever more like this
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less than 2015-02-10T16:13:50.767Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-10T16:13:50.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Astor of Hever more like this
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2793
star this property label Biography information for Lord Eames more like this
174084
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star this property date less than 2015-01-15more like thismore than 2015-01-15
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal 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 which local authorities in England have taken part in the Weekly Collection Support Scheme; how many authorities took part in the expression of interest process; which have subsequently received financial support, and how much; and of those, which have reinstated weekly collections of general (“grey” or “residual”) waste, which have used the support to collect food waste separately, and which have used it in other ways. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL4187 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thismore than 2015-02-12
star this property answer text <p>In March 2012, my Department received initial expressions of interest from 151 lead local authorities, which resulted in bids from 113 local authorities. Some local authorities submitted multiple expressions of interest which were consolidated before final bid stage. The final bids were then assessed in line with the published criteria, and recipients then awarded funding.</p><p>A detailed table listing the schemes that are being supported is attached and on my Department’s website.</p><p> </p><p>It may be helpful to the noble Lord to outline what this Government has delivered since 2010:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Safeguarded weekly collections for 6 million households through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme as well as championing innovation and best practice; the answer of 14 May 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, House of Commons 646W, outlined how 14 million households in England have some form of weekly collection of smelly rubbish.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Issued the first ever Whitehall guidance on weekly bin collections, demolishing the myths that fortnightly bin collections are needed to save money or increase recycling. This best practice was directly informed by the Weekly Collections Support Scheme;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Supported over 40 innovative reward schemes to back recycling through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme (as pledged in the Coalition Agreement); the winning bids for a further Recycling Rewards Scheme for 2015-16 will be announced shortly;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Stopped the Audit Commission inspections which marked down councils who do not adopt fortnightly rubbish collections, and rejected the Audit Commission guidance which advocated fortnightly collections (“Waste Management: The Strategic Challenge and Waste Management Quick Guide”);</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Abolished the Local Area Agreements and National Indicator 191 imposed by Whitehall which created perverse incentives to downgrade waste collection services;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Scrapped the Whitehall requirement for municipal Annual Efficiency Statements, which allowed a reduction in the frequency of a household rubbish collection service to qualify as a “valid efficiency” and allowed revenue from bin fines to classed as a “cashable efficiency gain”;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Scrapped the imposition of eco-towns which would have had fortnightly bin collections and/or bin taxes as part of the “eco-standards”;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Through the Localism Act, revoked the 2008 legislation that allowed for the imposition of new bin taxes;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Issued guidance to stop the imposition of illegal ‘backdoor bin charging’ on households bins;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Stopped funding the ‘Waste Improvement Network’ which told councils to adopt fortnightly collections as best practice;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Challenged the incorrect interpretation by some bodies that European Union directives require fortnightly collections, and resisted the imposition of bin taxes by the European Union;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Removing powers of entry and snooping powers from bin inspectors and scrapped guidance telling councils to rifle through families’ bins;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Changed building regulations and planning guidance to tackle ‘bin blight’, and worked with the NHBC Foundation to produce new best practice guidance for house builders;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Changing the law through the Deregulation Bill to scrap unfair bin fines.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Without our active support, Ministers are clear that weekly collections would have disappeared across England. This Government’s approach can be contrasted with the devolved Labour-led Administration in Wales, where fortnightly bin collections are official policy, and pilots of monthly bin collections are being actively encouraged.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmed more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T14:39:13.267Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T14:39:13.267Z
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less than 2015-02-16T17:33:13.473Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-16T17:33:13.473Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this
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star this property file name PQ HL4187 List of successful bidders to the Weekly Collection Support Scheme.xls more like this
unstar this property title List of Supported Schemes more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmed more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this
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star this property file name 150203 PQ677818 Lord Greaves - Attachment.pdf more like this
star this property title List of Supported Schemes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
175353
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star this property date less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electoral Register 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 electoral registration app for smart phones recently launched in Dundee; and what plans they have to encourage the use of smart phone technology to facilitate voter registration, particularly amongst young people. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL4356 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 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
star this property answer text <p>The Government welcomes all activity by local Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) to promote the online channel for voter registration.</p><p> </p><p>We have introduced online registration which makes registering to vote quicker and more accessible than ever before and can be done on a smartphone, tablet or PC in around 5 minutes. Since 10 June over 900,000 18-24 year olds have applied to register to vote with over 700,000 of these applications having been made on-line.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2015-02-10T12:00:35.96Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-10T12:00:35.96Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading General Election 2015 more like this
star this property house id 2 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 January (HL3929), whom they have appointed to review the operation of Part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in relation to the 2015 general election, as has to happen by the end of January under section 39 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. more like this
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
star this property uin HL4369 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 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
star this property answer text <p>On 28 January 2015, the Government announced (HLWS206) that Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts will conduct the review of Part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 as provided for under section 39 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2015-02-10T11:58:41.393Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-10T11:58:41.393Z
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1816
star this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-23more like thismore than 2015-01-23
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Bank Services: St Agnes 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 will take steps to ensure the continued presence of commercial retail banking services in St Agnes, Cornwall; and whether they will investigate proposals by Barclays to close the only remaining retail banking branch in that area. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL4401 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 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
star this property answer text <p>Officials at the Department for Business have discussed with Barclays the rationale for the proposed closure of its branch in St Agnes. Ultimately, however, the decision on whether to retain a branch in the town is a matter for the management of the bank who will need to balance customer interests, market competition and other commercial factors.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government, nonetheless, recognises that bank branch closures can have a significant impact on customers, particularly vulnerable customers such as the elderly, the disabled, those on low incomes, and small businesses. It is therefore pressing the banking sector to finalise a new branch closure protocol.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is also clear that there is an important role to play for Post Office in maintaining communities’ physical access to banking services. Barclays (and most other banks) have commercial arrangements in place with Post Office allowing personal current account customers to withdraw money and deposit cash and cheques at Post Office branches, including the one in St Agnes. Approximately 95% of UK personal account customers are already able to access banking services at the Post Office, and negotiations are underway to increase this coverage to closer to 100%.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-02-09T17:24:47.693Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-09T17:24:47.693Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading In Vitro Fertilisation 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, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January (HL4043), why researchers "believe that being able to undertake the techniques in treatment would provide a greater understanding of the way in which mitochondrial DNA mutations are passed down from mother to child" if they are already confident that the risks of mitochondrial disease in the next generation will be low; which researchers have suggested such investigations, as described in paragraph 1.11 of their February 2014 consultation document entitled "Mitochondrial Donation"; how they propose to investigate how mutations vary in each of the different cells of the resulting children; and what additional information the proposed investigations would be expected to provide that was not previously described in <i>Fertility and Sterility</i> in 2003 (Volume 80, Supplement 3, p56). more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL4411 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 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
star this property answer text <p>Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from mother to child but normal embryonic development can affect how mitochondria are distributed in the different cells and tissues of the body. We are advised that developing mitochondrial donation techniques will help our understanding of this normal phenomenon.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>Paragraph 1.11 of the consultation document on the draft mitochondrial donation regulations was informed by researchers who provided evidence to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority convened Expert Panel that conducted three scientific reviews of the safety and efficacy of methods to avoid mitochondrial disease through assisted conception.</p><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p><p>We are also advised that the techniques used to investigate how mutations vary in each of the different cells of the resulting children would be identical to those already used to evaluate mitochondrial DNA.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The research abstract in Fertility and Sterility in 2003 (Volume 80, Supplement 3, p56) does not present experimental details.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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less than 2015-02-09T16:50:46.517Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-09T16:50:46.517Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Occupied Territories more like this
star this property house id 2 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 plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support for universal human rights. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL4418 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 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not ask faith leaders to comment on the actions of foreign governments. Moreover our support for universal human rights is clear. The UK's position on settlements is they are illegal, present an obstacle to peace, and take us further away from a two state solution.<br><br></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-10T16:11:07.81Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-10T16:11:07.81Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Prisoners: Suicide more like this
star this property house id 2 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 steps they are taking to reduce the number of people committing suicide whilst in prison. more like this
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Lord Condon more like this
star this property uin HL4428 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 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Every death in custody is a tragedy, and the Government is committed to reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons.</p><p> </p><p>All prisons are required to have procedures in place to identify, manage and support people who are at risk of harm to themselves. Building on this, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has put in place additional resources for safer custody work in prisons and at regional level. These staff support safer custody work in prisons and share good practice across establishments. NOMS will be conducting a review of the operation of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork system (the case management process for prisoners assessed as being at risk) in 2015.</p><p> </p><p>Young adults are a particularly challenging and vulnerable group, and that is why we have commissioned an independent review into the deaths of 18 to 24-year-olds in prison custody. This review will report in the Spring.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to explore the reasons for the recent increase in the number of self-inflicted deaths, but there is no simple explanation for it. Strenuous efforts are made to learn from every self-inflicted death, and we have accepted and acted on the vast majority of recommendations from recent investigations by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2015-02-09T16:54:25.593Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-09T16:54:25.593Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Condon more like this