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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-06-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Fuel Direct Scheme 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 affordability of a standard Fuel Direct rate of £3.70 for direct payments for arrears on fuel bills; and whether in setting that rate they considered (1) allowing some customers to pay a lower rate of direct deduction, and (2) allowing customers to pay by Fuel Direct for ongoing bills when they are not in arrears. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL394 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Third Party Deduction is a long standing scheme of last resort where all other means of budgeting have been exhausted. Where the Secretary of State decides that it is in the claimant’s best interests to order repayment of the arrears he can do so. The scheme was introduced in the 1970’s to protect the vulnerable and their family, whilst not adding to their financial burden.</p><p> </p><p>Fuel Direct is set in legislation at 5% of their Personal Allowance, which is a fixed deduction of £3.70 for each element of fuel debt. This is considered to be the most appropriate level of repayment in order to clear the fuel debt arrears and to prevent enforcement action.</p><p> </p><p>Each year the amount of Third Party Deduction is re-assessed as part of The Social Security Up-rating Order.</p><p> </p><p>Once the arrears have been paid a person will usually be taken off the Fuel Direct scheme. In exceptional circumstances a person may be allowed to remain on the Fuel Direct scheme to help ensure that they don’t get into debt again.</p><p> </p><p>However Fuel Direct is not intended as a budgeting aid and the Governments main objective is to help people into employment, whilst encouraging them to be responsible for their own financial affairs, whether they are on benefit or not.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T14:39:18.987Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T14:39:18.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
348836
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Christianity 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 representations they have made to the government of Sudan about the arrest of two Christian pastors from South Sudan. more like this
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Baroness Cox more like this
star this property uin HL315 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Our Ambassador in Khartoum raised the cases of Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Reith with the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March. In addition, officials at our Embassy in Khartoum are in close contact with the legal team working on behalf of the two pastors and are co-ordinating with other Embassies in Khartoum to ensure the international community is represented at the ongoing legal proceedings.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:37:37.627Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:37:37.627Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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3364
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Cox more like this
348868
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Gaza 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 2 June (HL10), what is their assessment of the cause of the conflict in Gaza, and in particular the effect of Israel's military occupation; and what improvements in living standards have been delivered to the people of Gaza following Israel’s lifting of certain restrictions. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL347 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The underlying causes of the conflict in Gaza are rocket fire and other attacks against Israel from Hamas and other militant groups; Israeli restrictions on movement and access; and the lack of progress made by the Palestinian Authority in returning to Gaza to restore effective and accountable governance. Israeli restrictions damage the economy and living standards of ordinary people in Gaza. Israel’s lifting of certain restrictions has resulted in some limited improvements in living standards in Gaza compared to the situation in the immediate aftermath of last summer’s conflict. The water supply has been doubled, more agricultural produce is leaving Gaza for export to Israel or transfer to the West Bank, and the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism is facilitating repairs. However, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs assesses that the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire. We are continuing to call on Israel to ease movement and access restrictions further.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:38:56.22Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:38:56.22Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
349142
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Eritrea: Human Rights 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 assessment they have made of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea accusing Eritrea of crimes against humanity. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL358 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government note the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea published on 8 June. We are carefully reviewing their findings and look forward to discussion of the report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 June. We are disappointed the Commission has not been granted access to Eritrea. We continue to call on the Government of Eritrea to honour its international human rights obligations and cooperate fully with the whole UN human rights system, including the Commission.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:42:22.573Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:42:22.573Z
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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 Alton of Liverpool more like this
349144
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Eritrea: Human Rights 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 press the United Nations Security Council to refer Eritrea to the International Criminal Court, in the light of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL360 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The UN Commission of Inquiry Report on Human Rights in Eritrea does not recommend referral of Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Report recommends that the international community continues to engage closely on the human rights situation in Eritrea, including on countering irregular migration, human smuggling and trafficking. The UK is already fully engaged on this through the African Union-EU ‘Khartoum Process’. The UK will also continue to press Eritrea to improve its human rights record through a range of channels including via the UN Human Rights Council and Special Rapporteur, EU Article 8 Dialogue, and through regular bilateral diplomacy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:23:27.503Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:23:27.503Z
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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 Alton of Liverpool more like this
349148
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Philip Blackwood 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 United Kingdom Ambassador to Burma raised the case of Philip Blackwood when he met the Minister of the President's Office earlier this year; and if so, whether he specifically requested Mr Blackwood's release from prison. more like this
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead more like this
star this property uin HL364 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Our Ambassador in Rangoon informed the Minister of the President's office that we were following Mr Blackwood's case closely. We continue to provide advice and support to the New Zealand Embassy, who are providing consular assistance to Mr Blackwood who is a dual British/New Zealand national.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:22:22.437Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:22:22.437Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead more like this
349153
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Bhutan: Overseas Aid 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 funds in aid and development assistance have been made available to Bhutan in each of the past three years; and for what purpose. more like this
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Lord Smith of Finsbury more like this
star this property uin HL369 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK contributes to aid and assistance in Bhutan primarily through the EU. The EU development programme for Bhutan from 2007-2013 was €14 million and focused on support for renewable natural resources and enhancing good governance. The 2014-2020 programme is a €42 million package focused on strengthening civil society, supporting local governance and developing sustainable rural livelihoods by enhancing food and nutrition security and generating employment opportunities. <br><br>There was no bilateral spend in financial years 2013-14 or 2014-15. In financial year 2012-13 the UK spent: <br><br>• £15,000 on a high-level visit to the UK headed by the Bhutanese Chief Justice. The purpose of the visit was to develop relationships in the field of judicial and advocacy training, explore ways of developing cooperation and mutually beneficial trade links. <br> <br>• £14,610 on a Chevening Scholarship for a Bhutanese journalism scholar.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:21:05.483Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:21:05.483Z
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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 Smith of Finsbury more like this
349512
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-06-10
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Democratic Republic of Congo: SOCO International 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 action they intend to take in the light of reports into the activities of Soco International in Virunga national park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which allege breaches of bribery and corruption laws. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL381 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>We are aware of allegations of serious wrongdoing made against Soco International, its employees and agents connected to its activities in the Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We expect all companies to act appropriately and encourage anyone with evidence of fraud, bribery or corruption to pass this to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).</p><p>Allegations of bribery and corruption, and incidents of violence, intimidation and threats directed at environmental activists, fishermen and local residents campaigning against oil exploitation in the Virunga National Park have been inadequately investigated by the DRC authorities. We have called upon the DRC authorities to undertake a full investigation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:19:25.28Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:19:25.28Z
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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 Alton of Liverpool more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-06-10
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Middle East: Armed Conflict 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 steps they have taken to encourage the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran to find political solutions to the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. more like this
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Lord Ahmed more like this
star this property uin HL388 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have a long history of friendship, understanding and co-operation. Our shared interests are wide and diverse, and include cooperation on counter-terrorism, defence, trade and investment, education and healthcare. We also work closely with the Government of Saudi Arabia across a range of shared key foreign policy interests.</p><p>Iran is an important country in the region but it is contributing to regional instability through its actions. We discuss regional issues as part of our bilateral dialogue with Iran, and continue to encourage Iran to play a constructive role in the region.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:45:11.653Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:45:11.653Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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3470
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this
349522
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-06-10
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Burma: Rohingya 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 plan to make representations to the government of Myanmar regarding the treatment of Rohingya Muslims. more like this
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Lord Ahmed more like this
star this property uin HL391 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>We continue to raise the problems in Rakhine with the government of Burma at every opportunity, and will continue to do so. Most recently in relation to the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), called the Burmese Ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 18 May to express concern, calling for an urgent humanitarian response and regional coordination. In parallel, our Ambassador in Rangoon delivered the same message with the EU and US in a demarche to Burmese Ministers, and again bilaterally on 4 June.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:17:25.99Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:17:25.99Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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3470
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this