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43908
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star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what agreement his Department has reached with the Welsh Government regarding the funding of electrification of the Great Western Line to Swansea and the Valleys lines. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 192659 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
star this property answer text <p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>The Welsh and UK Governments agreed in 2012 to fund the electrification of the Valley Lines and the South Wales Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea. That agreement still stands and Network Rail is developing plans for electrification.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
43909
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport 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 Transport, what plans he has to develop the North Wales line from Crewe to Holyhead in conjunction with the building of High Speed 2. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 192660 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>No such assessment has been made. The opening of High Speed 2 will release capacity for train services on existing lines, including on the West Coast Main Line. Precise details of stopping patterns will be resolved when the relevant rail franchises are let in due course.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the meantime, we will shortly announce a transparent and participatory process to consider long-term issues, opportunities and options for rail services on HS2 corridors.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are also working with the Welsh Government who are developing a business case for the electrification of the North Wales Main Line.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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192658 more like this
192661 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
43910
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport 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 Transport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the London to Holyhead line will become a local stopping service following the building of High Speed 2. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 192661 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>No such assessment has been made. The opening of High Speed 2 will release capacity for train services on existing lines, including on the West Coast Main Line. Precise details of stopping patterns will be resolved when the relevant rail franchises are let in due course.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the meantime, we will shortly announce a transparent and participatory process to consider long-term issues, opportunities and options for rail services on HS2 corridors.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are also working with the Welsh Government who are developing a business case for the electrification of the North Wales Main Line.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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192658 more like this
192660 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
43911
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport 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 Transport, whether the London to Holyhead railway service will remain an express service after the creation of High Speed 2. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 192658 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>No such assessment has been made. The opening of High Speed 2 will release capacity for train services on existing lines, including on the West Coast Main Line. Precise details of stopping patterns will be resolved when the relevant rail franchises are let in due course.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the meantime, we will shortly announce a transparent and participatory process to consider long-term issues, opportunities and options for rail services on HS2 corridors.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are also working with the Welsh Government who are developing a business case for the electrification of the North Wales Main Line.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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192660 more like this
192661 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
47606
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will call for the immediate release of the seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran since 14 May 2008. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 195836 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
star this property answer text <p>We have repeatedly expressed concern at the sentencing of seven Baha'i leaders in Iran to 20 years imprisonment. We raised the treatment of Baha'is with the UN Special Rapporteur at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014, and in our contacts with the Iranian authorities. We will continue to call on the Iranian government to ensure that all Iranian citizens are able to exercise their right to freedom of religion, free from persecution and harassment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Faversham and Mid Kent more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Hugh Robertson more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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1415
star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugh Robertson more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
47737
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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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
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 Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will introduce financial support for individuals who have worked previously but do not qualify for statutory paternity leave and pay because they have recently started in their new position. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 195838 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-30more like thismore than 2014-04-30
star this property answer text <p>The Government has no plans to introduce financial support for individuals who do not qualify for statutory paternity leave and pay because they do not have the required length of service.</p><p> </p><p>Paternity leave and pay was considered as part of a broader examination of family-related leave which led to the introduction of Shared Parental Leave and Pay through the Children and Families Act 2014.</p><p> </p><p>It is important to maintain the right balance between the needs of employees to take leave and the needs of employers to have certainty when recruiting and hiring new staff. Paternity leave and pay can be taken immediately from the birth of a child to allow the father to care for the mother and the newborn. This means that unlike annual leave, where the exact dates of the absence can be agreed in advance, paternity leave dates are subject to change.</p><p> </p><p>The 26 week service qualification period allows employers to plan effectively to cover an employee's absence during the paternity leave period, which would not be possible if the employee had just been recruited.</p><p> </p><p>Unlike paternity leave, maternity leave is a day one right to ensure the health and well-being of both mother and baby. In order to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, a mother must have 26 weeks qualifying service (the same requirements as for paternity pay). Those mothers who do not have the requisite service for statutory maternity pay may be entitled to Maternity Allowance. This is because the benefit system recognises pregnant women and new mothers have a specific need for protect their own health and safety, and the health of their child, by allowing them to take time off work. There is no equivalent paternity allowance or adoption allowance, as there are not equivalent health and safety reasons to do so.</p><p> </p><p>We have committed to a review of the changes to employment law enacted by the Children and Families Act after 2018.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Jenny Willott more like this
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less than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Z
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1497
star this property label Biography information for Jenny Willott more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
47738
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions, on what criteria he is distributing the additional £5 million discretionary housing payment for the least densely-populated areas announced on 30 July 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 195839 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The £5million rural Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) fund for 2013/14 was allocated to those local authorities (LA) with the smallest population per square metre. The fund was then proportionally distributed using LAs share of the original DHP allocation, i.e. if an LA had an 8% share of the total DHP allocation of the least populated LAs, then they received 8% of the rural fund.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The £5m funding provided in 2014/15 is intended to avoid a disproportionate impact on those affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy in remote and isolated communities. The Government has assessed that the geography in some areas means that potential remedies such as finding work or alternative accommodation, are less readily available, and as a result transitions may take more time.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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220
star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
47739
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the level of need in rural communities for discretionary housing payments beyond 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 195835 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>An assessment has not yet been made about the level of need in rural communities for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) beyond 2014/15. DHP funding after 2014/15 will be agreed in due course and will be informed by evidence on the use and demand for DHPs, including in rural communities. The Department is currently collecting data on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments in the 2013/14 financial year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Z
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220
star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
47740
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions, what plans he has to continue discretionary housing payments for rural communities beyond 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 195837 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>In January 2014 the Government announced that the additional £5 million funding for the 21 least densely populated local authorities would be maintained in 2014/15. Information about individual DHP allocations to local authorities was published in the Subsidy Circular S1/2014. This can be accessed on the Government website GOV.UK through the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hb-subsidy-circular-s12014-discretionary-housing-payments-for-local-authorities-2014-to-2015" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hb-subsidy-circular-s12014-discretionary-housing-payments-for-local-authorities-2014-to-2015</a></p><p> </p><p>An assessment has not yet been made about the level of need in rural communities for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) beyond 2014/15. DHP funding after 2014/15 will be agreed in due course and will be informed by evidence on the use and demand for DHPs, including in rural communities. The Department is currently collecting data on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments in the 2013/14 financial year.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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220
star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
50649
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star this property date less than 2014-05-13more like thismore than 2014-05-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property 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 Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a bilingual registered duty lawyer is available at all times in Crown courts in Wales; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon remove filter
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 198486 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to the honourable Member in the time available before Prorogation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Cambridgeshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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1496
star this property label Biography information for Mr Shailesh Vara more like this
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1397
unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this