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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-01-13
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Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Asylum: Females 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 will publish their response to General Recommendation No. 32 from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, published on 14 November 2014, in particular those recommendations concerning female interviewers and interpreters for women asylum-applicants, and those relating to legal representation. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
star this property uin HL4121 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>Unlike the concluding observations which the CEDAW Committee issues to the UK specifically after each of our periodic examinations, General Recommendations are issued by the Committee to all 188 States which are party to the Convention. That means that not all the General Recommendations will actually be relevant to the UK's circumstances and policies, and it is not the normal practice of the Government to respond specifically to the publication of General Recommendations.</p><p> </p><p>If a General Recommendation is relevant to the UK, then the Committee will assess us against it during our periodic examination. We will receive their evaluation and we will have the opportunity to respond fully at that stage. The Government has, however, noted the publication of General Recommendation No. 32 on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women by the Committee, and the content has been conveyed to the Home Office.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Home Office will of course be able to answer any specific questions the noble Lord has on female interviewers and interpreters for women asylum applicants.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Garden of Frognal more like this
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less than 2015-01-22T17:08:22.237Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T17:08:22.237Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Garden of Frognal more like this
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2018
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
172702
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-08more like thismore than 2015-01-08
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians 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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 6 January (HL3815), what co-operation they have had from Hamas in the reconstruction of civilian property in Gaza. more like this
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Lord Turnberg more like this
star this property uin HL4022 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>UK policy on Hamas is clear: we do not talk to Hamas and we have no plan to do so at present. At the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, the UK pledged £20 million for early recovery assistance. DFID has already disbursed £5 million and will provide the remainder in 2015/16. The UK was also the first donor to support the temporary tri-partite Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) which is facilitating the import of construction materials into Gaza.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2015-01-22T17:09:13.387Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T17:09:13.387Z
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2539
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
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2537
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Turnberg more like this
173023
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Private Equity 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 have received any representations to change the tax advantages for the private equity industry on the treatment of "carry" as a capital gain; and if so, whether any of those representations have supported changes in the tax position to encourage longer-term funds with 10 year investment horizons. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL4095 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>Treasury Ministers and officials meet with, and receive, representations from, a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the usual policy making process. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Treasury’s practice to provide details of all such representations.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T16:47:27.857Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T16:47:27.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
173026
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Financial Services 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 representations they have made to the European Commission over the conclusion of the Financial Services User Group Report on the €10 trillion European asset management industry that "it does not appear to be producing good value for investors with higher fees not producing better performance". more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL4098 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>Treasury Ministers and officials make regular representations to the European Commission on a wide range of issues. We cannot disclose details of specific representations.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The government is committed to ensuring that investors are treated fairly when they make investment decisions and are able to get the best outcomes from their investments. Ensuring that investors can easily understand and compare products is an important part of this.</p><p> </p><p>The Government noted the Financial Services User Group’s contribution to the debate on these issues and will consider the recommendations made.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T16:53:07.457Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T16:53:07.457Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
173025
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Financial Services: Fines 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 will list by year and by incident the fines levied by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Services Authority. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
star this property uin HL4097 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>This is an operational matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who are operationally independent from Government.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Noble Lord by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T16:46:57.527Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T16:46:57.527Z
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4262
star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
171543
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star this property date less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Right to Buy Scheme 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 Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on marketing in relation to the Right to Buy scheme in London in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
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Sadiq Khan more like this
star this property uin 219547 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to supporting home ownership, and giving a helping hand to social tenants to move up the housing ladder. But our reinvigorated Right to Buy can only be exercised by eligible tenants if they know about it. It is also important that social tenants have sufficient information about their rights to make an informed decision, and to ensure that home ownership is the right choice for them in light of their financial circumstances.</p><p>Precise figures on spending in London cannot be disaggregated from the national Right to Buy campaign. We can identify £378,393 of spending in 2012-13 and £68,500 in 2013-14; there was no London-specific spending in 2010-11 or 2011-12. Figures for 2014-15 are not yet available.</p><p>I appreciate that the Labour Party in London has effectively called for the Right to Buy to be abolished, and will oppose social tenants being informed. Such are the enemies of aspiration. The Right to Buy improves social mobility and helps build mixed communities. As well as increasing home ownership and supporting new build construction (from replacement affordable homes), it gives something back to families who have worked hard, paid their rent and played by the rules. It allows buyers to do up their home, change their front door, improve their garden – without getting permission from the council. It gives people a sense of pride and ownership not just in their home, but in their street and neighbourhood.</p><p>Total national spending was £0 in 2010-11, £17,728 in 2011-12, £1.4 million in 2012-13 and £1.0 million in 2013-14. To place our information campaigns in context, DCLG has cut spending on marketing and advertising from £9.9 million in 2009-10 to £2.0 million in 2013-14.</p><p>The rt. hon. Member is a former Minister in this Department, so will be well acquainted with communications activity under the last Labour Government, such as departmental spending of:</p><p> </p><ul><li>£1.1 million a year on external public relations, despite having 103 in-house communications officers;</li><li>£15,000 on plugging the “Sustainable Communities summit” that was subsequently cancelled;</li><li>£1 million on marketing and public relations for eco-towns, despite the fact not a single house was ever built;</li><li>£3,520 on re-naming Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services to the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, during one of New Labour’s republican phases of purging public references to the Monarchy;</li><li>£38,200 on sock puppet lobbyists, LLM Communications, astro-turfing friends for the friendless Regional Spatial Strategies;</li><li>£1,371 on re-branding of John Prescott’s ‘Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’ to the cut-price and pointless ‘Deputy Prime Minister's Office’;</li><li>£3,830 on the subsequent logo for the new Department for Communities and Local Government, followed by burning a further £24,765 on dropping the “D” and renaming it “Communities and Local Government”, despite being neither, in a futile attempt to sound achingly trendy.</li></ul><p>We run a tighter ship. Right to Buy and the Fire Kills campaign are now the two primary campaigns we run, and both have a clear public benefit, in strong contrast to the culture of spin and excess in the spendthrift Labour years.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-01-22T16:18:54.673Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T16:18:54.673Z
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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36985
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sadiq Khan more like this
164322
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Bodies 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 Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by his Department's public bodies on employees partly or wholly employed on trade union duties in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
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Andrew Jones more like this
star this property uin 215623 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
star this property answer text <p>This Government has taken action to tackle the taxpayer-funded subsidies that previously were handed to the trade unions. Such payments were poor value for money and represented an unhealthy relationship between the state and voluntary sector.</p><p> </p><p>Trade union activities and campaigning in the public sector should be funded by members' subscriptions, not bankrolled by the taxpayer. Greater freedom from state dependency will help ensure that trade union bosses better reflect and respond to the wishes and views of the grassroots members who pay the bill.</p><p> </p><p>Following the Cabinet Office review of the use of facility time and facilities in the civil service, the Department for Communities and Local Government has made a series of reforms:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Cutting back the guideline facility allocation to close to private sector benchmarks;</li><li>All trade union representatives must now spend the majority of their time in Civil Service roles – we no longer fund full-time “pilgrims”;</li><li>The Department no longer provides any funding for staff to carry out trade union activities;</li><li>Tighter controls have been implemented to prevent inappropriate use of departmental and office facilities for campaigning purposes;</li><li>The check-off facility has been ended for new entrants.</li></ul><p> </p><p>In 2013-14, the first year of the new regime, departmental facility time staffing costs were reduced to £47,620. To place in context, previous years were £153,814 in 2012-13, £140,687 in 2011-12, £177,100 in 2009-10 and £245,644 in 2008-09.</p><p> </p><p>Figures for our public bodies are shown in the attached table, and show a total reduction of £222,303 in 2013-14 on the year before. There are additional further sayings from a reduction in union expenses (now zero across the Department and our public bodies).</p><p> </p><p>We have also issued guidance to councils to follow our example in delivering sensible savings. We have amended the local government Transparency Code to increase openness and accountability over such taxpayer-funded payments to the trade unions.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-26T11:55:12.7Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T11:55:12.7Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property file name 215623 Jones.docx more like this
star this property title Table of Figures for Public Bodies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
172663
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star this property date less than 2015-01-07more like thismore than 2015-01-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Flood Control 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 plans they have to ensure long-term support and funding for flood prevention schemes. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3997 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-29more like thismore than 2015-01-29
star this property answer text <p>This Government has developed a six-year programme of work, involving over 1,400 projects, to improve defences throughout the country between 2015 and 2021. This has been made possible by our record level of commitment by investing £2.3 billion in improving defences over the coming six years. Efficiency gains will ensure this funding goes even further. This work is projected to reduce the risk of flooding or erosion to at least 300,000 households by 2021, and avoid around £30 billion in economic damages.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord De Mauley more like this
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less than 2015-01-29T15:37:06.86Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-29T15:37:06.86Z
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2202
star this property label Biography information for Lord De Mauley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
171065
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star this property date less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance 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 Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to protect leaseholders charged with excessive charges for repairs levied before the new cap for council house repairs came into force in August 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bethnal Green and Bow more like this
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Rushanara Ali more like this
star this property uin 219077 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-19more like thismore than 2015-03-19
star this property answer text <p>There were Directions, dating back to 1997, for the mandatory reduction of service charges to social landlords that cap leaseholder charges to £10,000 for specific programmes where Government has funded repair or regeneration. They were last extended in 1999 to take account of funding available through the Private Finance Initiative. They only relate to specific, named, programmes. <br><br>The new Mandatory Directions, which came into force in August 2014, extended the cap to £15,000 in London and covered the Decent Homes Grant announced in the 2013 Spending Review. <br><br>The law provides all leaseholders with a wide range of rights and protections where service charges and the management of their property is concerned. Service charges are only payable to the extent that they are reasonable, although what may be reasonable will depend on each property, the work required, and other services that the landlord is required to provide. Furthermore, leaseholders have the right to challenge the service charges they are being asked to pay by applying to an independent tribunal to determine the payability of the charges on the grounds of reasonableness.</p><p>Leaseholders can seek free initial legal advice about their own particular circumstances from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), a specialist advisory body funded by this Department, at Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London, EC4 8YX; by telephone on 020 7832 2500; or by e-mail at: info@lease-advice.org . LEASE’s website is at: www.lease-advice.org</p><p>Noting the hon. Member’s constituency interest, I would add that my Department has recently received a number of letters from leaseholders complaining about how much they are being charged by Tower Hamlets Homes (an arms length management organisation for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets) in relation to major improvements and repair works to their homes. Examples have been given of service charges of around £35,000. Some of the complaints have also asserted that the commissioning of the works is flawed or even corrupt. We are carefully looking into these concerns and considering options.</p><p>In addition, Tower Hamlets, like all London councils receiving Decent Homes funding, has been required to appoint someone to independently verify their claims for decent homes funding. Tower Hamlets has appointed Mazars using an established procurement framework and the Greater London Authority believes that, to the best of their knowledge, this provides the necessary degree of independence.</p><p>Notwithstanding my Department’s review, I am disappointed with the aggressive and unsympathetic approach of the council, which is yet another sign of how the actions of the Tower Hamlets administration have harmed the good reputation of local government.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-03-19T13:55:36.193Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-19T13:55:36.193Z
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rushanara Ali more like this
170620
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star this property date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Relations 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 Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 15 December 2014, Official Report, column 1116, what the (a) name is of and (b) amounts of money are received by each of the integration projects funded by the £45 million spent by his Department since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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Hilary Benn more like this
star this property uin 219025 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-23more like thismore than 2015-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The £45 million figure relates to spending during the 2011-15 Spending Review period. There was not an explicit integration programme in 2010-11. I refer the rt. hon. Member to the comprehensive Written Minister Statement of 18 December 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 110-118WS, and to my written answer of 15 January 2015, Question UIN 219486, which provided a breakdown of expenditure on the integration projects and activities which were included in the Written Ministerial Statement.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2015-01-23T13:49:23.3Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-23T13:49:23.3Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this