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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Peers: Correspondence more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House whether there is a protocol relating to whether letters to ministers from members of the House of Lords should receive replies; and if so, how quickly replies should be sent. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Greaves more like this
uin HL11781 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-12-10
answer text <p>The Government recognises the importance of effective and timely handling of correspondence with members of the House of Lords. Government departments should aim to provide a substantive response to routine correspondence within a maximum of 20 working days. However, sometimes circumstances dictate that it will not be possible to provide a response within this timeframe. In such instances, departments are advised to issue a ‘holding’ response until a more substantive response can be provided.</p><p>The Cabinet Office publishes an annual report detailing departmental performance in the handling of correspondence from members of both Houses. Lord Young of Cookham set out the 2017 performance figures in a Written Statement on 26 June 2018 (HLWS771). The 2018 performance figures will be published in summer 2019.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-10T16:30:31.02Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:30:31.02Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
2569
label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
971894
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-11more like thismore than 2018-09-11
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Home Office: Written Questions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House what explanations she has received from the Home Office about that Department's failure to answer within 10 working days three questions for written answer (HL9827, HL9860 and HL9890) which were tabled on 24 July. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Jopling more like this
uin HL10256 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-13more like thismore than 2018-09-13
answer text <p>As Leader of the House I take very seriously the responsibility incumbent on all Ministers to provide full, timely and comprehensible answers to Questions for Written Answer (QWAs).</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In this instance I am informed that the Home Office is working towards an appropriate response, noting that this is subject to ongoing legal proceedings. I have been assured by the Department that an answer will be provided as soon as possible. In the meantime, I know that the Home Office has been in touch with the relevant members of the House to apologise and to provide an explanation for the delay.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>My office will continue to work with all departments to ensure prompt and satisfactory answers to all QWAs.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-13T16:01:58.313Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-13T16:01:58.313Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
883
label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
971895
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-11more like thismore than 2018-09-11
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Home Office: Written Questions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House what steps she has taken to draw the failure of the Home Office to answer within 10 working days three questions for written answer which were tabled on 24 July (HL9827, HL9860 and HL9890) to the attention of Home Office ministers. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Jopling more like this
uin HL10257 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-13more like thismore than 2018-09-13
answer text <p>As Leader of the House I take very seriously the responsibility incumbent on all Ministers to provide full, timely and comprehensible answers to Questions for Written Answer (QWAs).</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>I have raised the outstanding answers with the Minister of State for Counter Extremism and understand that members concerned have been contacted by the Home Office to apologise for the delay and to provide an explanation as to why these answers have not yet been provided. I know that the Minister will answer the questions as soon as is possible.</p><p> </p><p>My office will continue to work with all departments to ensure prompt and satisfactory answers to all QWAs.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-13T16:02:31.12Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-13T16:02:31.12Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
883
label Biography information for Lord Jopling more like this
984361
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-10-09more like thismore than 2018-10-09
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Parental Leave more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what assessment has been made of the effect of IPSA's family leave policy on the (a) provision of adequate office arrangements for Members and (b)(i) physical and (ii) mental health of parliamentary staff returning from such leave. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 177316 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-10-11more like thismore than 2018-10-11
answer text <p>I have asked the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to reply.</p><p>Letter from Marcial Boo, chief executive of IPSA, 10 October 2018:</p><p>The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) provides Family Leave Guidance in relation to staff employed by MPs, a copy of which can be found on our website at: <a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/QKKeCvlGAf2N028cQYpib?domain=theipsa.org.uk" target="_blank">http://www.theipsa.org.uk/ipsa-for-mps/guidance</a>.</p><p>This document provides guidance on maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave, KIT/SPLIT days and caring leave. This is not a policy, but guidance to MPs on the statutory entitlements. As the legal employers of their staff, MPs are responsible for matters of individual staffing arrangements, such as approving instances of family leave and ensuring that they comply with relevant employment legislation.</p><p>As the document is guidance rather than a policy, and relates only to the statutory entitlements, we have not undertaken any specific assessment of its effects. However, IPSA encourages responsible employment and any necessary expenditure by MPs on the health and welfare of their staff, including their mental health. MPs can claim the cost of staff health and welfare costs, such as occupational health assessments, from their staffing budgets. We also undertake Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) in relation to major changes to our Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses. We last undertook an EIA in March 2017 which concluded that changes proposed to our Scheme were likely to have a small positive impact on MPs’ staff in relation to pregnancy and maternity. A copy of that report can be found on our website at: <a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/fz7eCwVJBfA8ZAxIqtIAt?domain=theipsa.org.uk" target="_blank">http://www.theipsa.org.uk/publications/consultations/review-of-the-mps-scheme-of-business-costs-and-expenses</a>.</p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-10-11T09:15:05.163Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-11T09:15:05.163Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1010759
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Christianity: Middle East more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Right Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church Commissioners have had on maintaining the Christian community in the Middle East. more like this
tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
tabling member printed
Henry Smith more like this
uin 193461 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
answer text <p>The Church of England continues to work alongside the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem to support the Christian community in Jordan, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon. The Church also partners and engages with development and mission agencies working to support Christian communities overseas. Regular pilgrimage visits are made by parishes and dioceses of the Church of England, mainly to those holy sites that are not in conflict zones and which often involve meetings with local Christians</p><p><br>Westminster Abbey will be holding a special service on the 4th December at which His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will attend to offer encouragement to Christians throughout the region and to celebrate the contributions they make to their communities</p><p><br>The Archbishop of Canterbury made an official visit to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories in 2017, the primary purpose of which was to affirm the Christian community in the Holy Land, to identify and explore challenges relating to religious freedom and to give encouragement to St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. The Archbishop also met with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian politicians during his visit</p><p><br>During the November parliamentary recess I joined a small group of MPs on a regional visit to see for myself the challenges faced by the Christian community in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. We visited a number of projects that are funded or supported by the Anglican Church, including hospitals and schools. Speaking with the different communities gave a helpful perspective on the significant challenges to the daily lives and movements of people.</p>
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-22T16:11:52.447Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T16:11:52.447Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
3960
label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
1011526
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Christ Church College more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Right Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what support is being provided to the dean of Christ Church college Oxford in his dispute with the college and cathedral authorities. more like this
tabling member constituency Henley more like this
tabling member printed
John Howell more like this
uin 194169 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
answer text <p>Christ Church is a complex institution and, uniquely in the Church of England, the Dean is also the head of an Oxford college. The complaint against the Dean is an internal matter for the college, and neither the Church Commissioners nor the wider Church of England have any role in that process. The Bishop of Oxford remains in close contact with the Dean and is monitoring the situation closely.</p><p>A statement made to the Oxford Diocesan Synod by the Bishop of Oxford can be read here: <a href="https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.oxford.anglican.org%2Fdiocesan-synod-statement-dean-of-oxford-martyn-percy%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Csimon.stanley%40churchofengland.org%7C01ffffa8bf48458a3c9008d653abccbc%7C95e2463b3ab047b49ac1587c77ee84f0%7C0%7C0%7C636788394678291856&amp;sdata=v2C5Jpb%2FhFT4NtBXBAD1safzCWsMYDrGihGiJQklAPM%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">https://www.oxford.anglican.org/diocesan-synod-statement-dean-of-oxford-martyn-percy/</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-26T16:32:22.15Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T16:32:22.15Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
1606
label Biography information for John Howell more like this
1013179
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Charitable Donations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of trends in the level of demand for charitable donations since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
tabling member printed
Deidre Brock more like this
uin 195133 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answer text <p>The underlying financial health of the Church of England’s parishes is a testament to the generosity of the commitment of congregations and local communities across the country. The most recent assessment of Church of England parish finances relate to 2016 when total giving to the 12,400 parishes was £3million more than the previous year. Between 2010 and 2016 total giving increased by 8.5%.</p><p /> <p>The figures also show that in 2016 Church of England parishes donated £46 million to supporting other charities working in the UK around the world, from foodbanks and local children's charities to international aid appeals.</p><p /> <p>Detailed figures for giving and charitable donations can be found in the 2016 Parish Finances Statistics here: <a href="https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/2016ParishFinanceStatistics.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/2016ParishFinanceStatistics.pdf</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-27T17:17:27.363Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T17:17:27.363Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
4417
label Biography information for Deidre Brock more like this
1013180
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Churches: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what support the Church Commissioners receive from Her Majesty's Government to enable them to maintain (a) redundant and (b) under-utilised churches. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
tabling member printed
Deidre Brock more like this
uin 195134 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answer text <p>The Church Commissioners receive no direct Government support for maintaining redundant or under-utilised churches.</p><p> </p><p>The Church Commissioners and DCMS provide financial support for the Churches Conservation Trust, which cares for redundant churches of special architectural significance, and for which no suitable alternative use can be found. The Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2016, (which can be found here: <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2016/9780111142738" target="_blank">https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2016/9780111142738</a>) sets out the basis of Government funding from 1<sup>st</sup> April 2016 to 31<sup>st</sup> March 2020.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-27T17:19:29.613Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T17:19:29.613Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
4417
label Biography information for Deidre Brock more like this
1015278
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Gambling more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to tackle problem gambling. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
tabling member printed
Eddie Hughes more like this
uin 907931 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-29more like thismore than 2018-11-29
answer text <p>In 2017 the Church of England’s General Synod passed a unanimous motion calling on Government to reduce the stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2.00. This is an issue on which bishops, most notably the Bishop of St Albans, have spoken frequently on and campaigned for. The Church has therefore welcomed the Government’s announcement of the reduction in stakes, and the decision to implement the change in April 2019, as well as the increase in Remote Gaming Duty. The Bishop of St Albans continues to spearhead the Church’s activity in this area and has recently raised in the House of Lords the high quantity of gambling advertisements, increases in child gambling, the voluntary levy paid by gambling firms, and the socio-economic cost to society of problem gambling.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-29T16:15:50.55Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-29T16:15:50.55Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
4635
label Biography information for Eddie Hughes more like this
1016120
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
answering body
Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept id 9 more like this
answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
hansard heading Community Development more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent steps the Church of England has taken at parish level to support the needs of local communities. more like this
tabling member constituency Gillingham and Rainham more like this
tabling member printed
Rehman Chishti more like this
uin 907925 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-29more like thismore than 2018-11-29
answer text <p>This year the Church of England surveyed its 16,000 parish churches about their involvement in social action and local community projects. Of the 13,000 churches that responded the survey revealed that 80% were involved in providing services for the benefit of their local communities, either standalone or in partnership with others. These 33,000 projects included debt counselling, lunch clubs, language classes, food banks, children’s clubs, community cafes, holiday and breakfast clubs and night shelters.</p><p>There are many good examples of work in the Rochester Diocese, 11 of the 12 Church of England churches within the Gillingham deanery (which covers the Gillingham and Rainham constituency) are involved in providing on average at least 4 different projects to support the wider local community.</p><p>The areas in which the churches in Gillingham deanery are engaging is as follows:</p><ul><li>10 churches provide or support a Foodbank</li><li>8 churches operate a parent/carer and toddler group</li><li>7 churches operate a night shelter or other homeless provision</li><li>6 churches provide pastoral provision for wider community through operating street pastors groups, counselling/support, tackling loneliness projects</li><li>5 churches operate Youth projects (for the wider community)</li><li>4 churches provide a Lunch club or drop in service.</li></ul>
answering member constituency Meriden more like this
answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-29T16:16:39.297Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-29T16:16:39.297Z
answering member
312
label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
tabling member
3987
label Biography information for Rehman Chishti more like this