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star this property date less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
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Department of Health more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services 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 Health, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for changes to the Care Act 2014 to ensure that social carers spend sufficient time with each patient. more like this
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Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
star this property answer text <p>Care workers are routinely tasked with caring for individuals with intimate care and support needs, for example helping those who are older or who have a disability to do everyday things like wash, dress and get out of bed. It is unrealistic to think that very short home care visits, for example, those lasting less than 15 minutes would be enough time to do this - it is not fair on those who need care and it is not fair on care workers. Through the Care Act, the Government has made it clear that commissioning services without considering the impact on people’s wellbeing is unacceptable.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is the Government’s position that it would be inappropriate to introduce new or amend existing legislation to address this issue, for example, by specifying a minimum time length for home care visits. Short care visits may be appropriate for specific, non-intimate tasks such as checking medication has been taken.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Commissioning for high quality care requires a more fundamental culture shift where the outcomes individuals want to achieve sits at the heart of every decision made by a local authority. This is best achieved through guidance and support.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department has published statutory guidance to support the implementation of the Care Act that describes how local authorities must meet these new duties when commissioning. The Department has also worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association to co-produce a set of standards to support local authorities to assess and improve their commissioning practices.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-06-24T11:15:46.01Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-24T11:15:46.01Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
388280
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star this property date less than 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
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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
star this property hansard heading Sign Language: Finance more like this
unstar 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 Health, what his policy is on future funding for supporting adult sign readers; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 5859 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 2015-07-14more like thismore than 2015-07-14
star this property answer text <p>It is the responsibility of local providers and commissioners to make the reasonable adjustments required by the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that disabled people are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Arrangements for the provision of sign language interpretation and translation services by National Health Service bodies and NHS service providers are a matter for local determination.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In order to reduce unacceptable variation in the provision of accessible information and communication support to disabled people, including adult sign readers, NHS England published an accessible information standard, SCCI1605, on 3 July. The standard sets out that all organisations providing NHS or adult social care must take steps to ensure that people receive information that they can access and understand, and receive communication support if they need it. Organisations must comply in full with the standard by 31 July 2016.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-07-14T13:24:00.497Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-14T13:24:00.497Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
421397
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star this property date less than 2015-10-14more like thismore than 2015-10-14
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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
star this property hansard heading Mental Health Services: Homelessness more like this
unstar 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 Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that people who are homeless have access to talking therapies. more like this
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 11880 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 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
star this property answer text <p>Homelessness can lead to significant physical and mental health problems, and without accommodation and support, the chances of recovery are very limited. The £10 million Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund promoted new ways of improving the discharge arrangements of homeless people from hospital by working with other local services to help their recovery and improve their health.</p><br /><p>In April, the £40 million Homelessness Change/Platform for Life programme was launched. This programme will join up health and housing services, and help support young people at risk of homelessness across the country. We will be announcing the successful programme bids shortly.</p><br /><p>Talking Therapies, like the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme are a key weapon in addressing the mental health needs of vulnerable groups, like homeless people. While the normal referral processes to IAPT services are through general practitioners (GPs), individuals can self-refer, meaning that homeless people can refer themselves to services without the need for a GP.</p><br /><p>Public Health England is also working with local authorities to help them understand better the physical and mental health needs of homeless people in which access to IAPT will play a part.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 11879 more like this
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less than 2015-10-22T14:39:46.193Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-22T14:39:46.193Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4445
unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-14more like thismore than 2015-10-14
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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
star this property hansard heading Health: Homelessness more like this
unstar 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 Health, what steps he plans to take to improve the physical and mental health of homeless people. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 11879 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 2015-10-22more like thismore than 2015-10-22
star this property answer text <p>Homelessness can lead to significant physical and mental health problems, and without accommodation and support, the chances of recovery are very limited. The £10 million Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund promoted new ways of improving the discharge arrangements of homeless people from hospital by working with other local services to help their recovery and improve their health.</p><br /><p>In April, the £40 million Homelessness Change/Platform for Life programme was launched. This programme will join up health and housing services, and help support young people at risk of homelessness across the country. We will be announcing the successful programme bids shortly.</p><br /><p>Talking Therapies, like the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme are a key weapon in addressing the mental health needs of vulnerable groups, like homeless people. While the normal referral processes to IAPT services are through general practitioners (GPs), individuals can self-refer, meaning that homeless people can refer themselves to services without the need for a GP.</p><br /><p>Public Health England is also working with local authorities to help them understand better the physical and mental health needs of homeless people in which access to IAPT will play a part.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 11880 more like this
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less than 2015-10-22T14:39:46.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-22T14:39:46.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-15more like thismore than 2015-10-15
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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
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Standards more like this
unstar 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 Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that carers are able to give each patient an appropriate amount of time on visits. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 12117 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 2015-10-23more like thismore than 2015-10-23
star this property answer text <p>In most cases, very short visits from care workers are incompatible with high quality care. However, short visits may be appropriate in certain circumstances. For instance, checking medication has been taken.</p><br /><p>Local authorities are responsible for the commissioning of services, not the Government but both Government and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) agree that inappropriately short home care visits are unacceptable.The Care Act sends a clear message that commissioning services without properly considering the impact on people’s wellbeing is unacceptable.</p><br /><p>In September 2015, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidelines on homecare which state that homecare visits should not normally be less than 30 minutes long. The Department published statutory guidance to the Care Act which directs local authorities when commissioning to consider national standards including NICE guidelines.</p><br /><p>Further, the Department worked with ADASS and the Local Government Association (LGA) to produce a framework of standards, ‘Commissioning for Better Outcomes’ which explicitly states that inappropriate use of short visits is not compatible with best practice. The framework is designed to support local authorities to improve their commissioning practices using self-assessment and peer challenge through the LGA’s programme of sector-led improvement.</p><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-10-23T13:23:58.73Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-23T13:23:58.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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4445
unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
428175
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star this property date less than 2015-11-13more like thismore than 2015-11-13
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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
star this property hansard heading Home Care Services: Standards more like this
unstar 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 Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce variations in the quality of at-home care given by carers' agencies across the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath remove filter
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 16177 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 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to improving the quality of adult social care. We have taken a number of recent steps to do so.</p><p>In October 2014, we introduced a tougher inspection system by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following inspections, CQC now also awards each service a single quality rating, with providers rated as “Outstanding”, “Good”, “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate”. Services rated “Inadequate” are being placed into Special Measures. They will have access to a range of resources to help them to improve, but if they fail to do so, they could face closure.</p><p>These new ratings and other information about the type and quality of care at every care home and homecare service in the country are now available on NHS Choices and the MyNHS Transparency website, making it much easier for people to compare the quality of services.</p><p>This year we introduced a <em>Certificate of Fundamental Care</em>, now known as the Care Certificate. This will help ensure that care workers can deliver a consistently high quality standard of care.</p><p>The Department is funding and working with a number of organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Skills for Care, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association on a range of projects to help adult social care organisations and staff improve the quality of care. These resources include new NICE Quality Standards and Guidelines which bring clarity to what excellence looks like in care and Commissioning for Better Outcomes – A Route Map<sup>*</sup> that sets out a series of commissioning standards that will</p><p>be used as part of local government sector-led improvement to drive best practices in local authority commissioning under their new duties in the Care Act 2015.</p><br /><p><sup>*</sup>Available at <a href="http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/5756320/Commissioning+for+Better+Outcomes+A+route+map/8f18c36f-805c-4d5e-b1f5-d3755394cfab" target="_blank">http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/5756320/Commissioning+for+Better+Outcomes+A+route+map/8f18c36f-805c-4d5e-b1f5-d3755394cfab</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2015-11-18T16:50:21.84Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-18T16:50:21.84Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
458097
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
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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
star this property hansard heading Hospitals: Parking more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have revised their policy on car parking since the issue of his Department's updated guidance in October 2015. more like this
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 30035 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 2016-03-15more like thismore than 2016-03-15
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not collected centrally by the Department.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2016-03-15T16:34:41.75Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-15T16:34:41.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ben Howlett more like this
458098
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
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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
star this property hansard heading Mental Health Services: Advocacy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to increase the number of advocacy services available to mentally ill people before they are sectioned. more like this
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Ben Howlett more like this
star this property uin 30036 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 2016-03-14more like thismore than 2016-03-14
star this property answer text <p>When a person is detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, (“the Act”) they are legally entitled to an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) who understands the Act and can support the detained patient. The provision of IMHA services is the responsibility of local authorities.</p><p> </p><p>For other mental health patients who need help and support in expressing their views, more general advocacy services, as well as family and friends, can provide support.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is also currently exploring providing additional guidance to mental health professionals promoting advocacy services to psychiatric patients that they believe would benefit from such support.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2016-03-14T14:15:30.98Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-14T14:15:30.98Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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778260
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star this property date less than 2017-10-26more like thismore than 2017-10-26
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Syria: Females more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to increase its investment in education for women and girls in Syria. more like this
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Wera Hobhouse more like this
star this property uin 109969 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 2017-11-02more like thismore than 2017-11-02
star this property answer text <p>The UK continues to invest in education for women and girls affected by the crisis in Syria. We helped launch UNICEF’s No Lost Generation Initiative, which provides education, protection, and mental health support for children in Syria and neighbouring countries. In 2016/2017 alone, DFID helped provide over 350,000 children in Syria with access to formal primary education, half of whom were girls. In addition, over 80,000 children, including girls, were provided with access to non-formal education. DFID also helped to provide over 3,500 people in Syria with technical and vocational training, including women.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2017-11-02T18:13:35.35Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-02T18:13:35.35Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wera Hobhouse more like this
778835
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star this property date less than 2017-10-27more like thismore than 2017-10-27
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Syria: Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to contribute to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, on inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning with regard to women and girls in Syria. more like this
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Wera Hobhouse more like this
star this property uin 110069 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-03more like thismore than 2017-11-03
star this property answer text <p>The UK continues to invest in education for women and girls affected by the crisis in Syria. We helped launch UNICEF’s No Lost Generation Initiative, which provides education, protection, and mental health support for children in Syria and neighbouring countries. In 2016/2017 alone, DFID helped provide over 350,000 children in Syria with access to formal primary education, half of whom were girls. In addition, over 80,000 children, including girls, were provided with access to non-formal education. DFID also helped to provide over 3,500 people in Syria with technical and vocational training, including women.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2017-11-03T17:48:28.377Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-03T17:48:28.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wera Hobhouse more like this