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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Sovereignty: Northern Ireland more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefits to Northern Ireland of being a part of the UK. more like this
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Lord Caine more like this
star this property uin HL84 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government believes strongly in upholding the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom - our four nations are safer, stronger and more prosperous together.</p><p> </p><p>Northern Ireland benefits from being part of the world’s sixth largest economy. The UK’s integrated internal market means there are no barriers to doing business for companies and people trading across the nations within the UK – creating jobs and prosperity across the country.</p><p> </p><p>Northern Ireland also benefits from the highest public spending per head (£11,190) in the UK - around 20% (£1,883) higher than the UK spend per head (£9,159).</p><p> </p><p>Moreover, over half (53%) of all external sales from Northern Ireland are to the rest of the UK, and half of external visitors to Northern Ireland are from the rest of the UK, with a total of 1.4million visitors in 2018.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T15:25:42.07Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T15:25:42.07Z
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4686
star this property label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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4581
star this property label Biography information for Lord Caine more like this
1149793
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Sovereignty: Northern Ireland 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 promoting the benefits to Northern Ireland of being part of the UK is one of the core functions of the Northern Ireland Office. more like this
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Lord Caine more like this
star this property uin HL85 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>This Government has made clear on many occasions that we will never be neutral in expressing our support for the Union. Our steadfast belief is that Northern Ireland’s future is best served within a stronger United Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p>The Government and this Department is fully committed to the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. Our union is strongest when each of its constituent parts is strong and working together. We remain focussed on ensuring the interests of each nation are fully represented within our union, strengthening the links between our economies and continuing to deliver strong and sustainable devolution.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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HL83 more like this
HL86 more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T15:29:38.373Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T15:29:38.373Z
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4686
star this property label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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4581
star this property label Biography information for Lord Caine more like this
1149794
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Sovereignty: Northern Ireland more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to strengthen Northern Ireland's place within the UK. more like this
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Lord Caine more like this
star this property uin HL86 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>This Government has made clear on many occasions that we will never be neutral in expressing our support for the Union. Our steadfast belief is that Northern Ireland’s future is best served within a stronger United Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p>The Government and this Department is fully committed to the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. Our union is strongest when each of its constituent parts is strong and working together. We remain focussed on ensuring the interests of each nation are fully represented within our union, strengthening the links between our economies and continuing to deliver strong and sustainable devolution.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL83 more like this
HL85 more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T15:29:38.403Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T15:29:38.403Z
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4686
star this property label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
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4581
star this property label Biography information for Lord Caine more like this
1148724
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Forests 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support reforestation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brecon and Radnorshire more like this
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Jane Dodds more like this
star this property uin 269 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>Domestically, the Government is on course to plant 11 million trees this Parliament (2017-2022), with at least 3.6 million trees (2,318 hectares) of woodland planted since April 2017, and over 15 million trees planted since 2010. In the Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced an additional £60 million for tree planting initiatives, comprising £10 million to fund urban tree planting through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, and £50 million for a Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme. This will add to other new planting in the pipeline, including the High Speed 2 Woodland Fund, the Woodland Carbon Fund, a kick start investment in the Northern Forest and support for a new Northumberland Forestry Partnership, to delivera new forest region starting with 1 million trees planted by 2024.</p><p> </p><p>The Prime Minister recently announced a doubling of UK International Climate Finance (ICF) to at least £11.6 billion over the next five years. This spend will include a focus on nature based solutions to climate change. Through ICF, the UK currently funds several programmes in developing countries that use native tree-planting as a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and generating economic benefits for rural communities. For example, Defra’s investments aim to restore 550,000 hectares of forest, generating 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions savings. This includes a £10 million project to restore up to 20,000 hectares of mangrove forest in Madagascar and Indonesia.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
star this property answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T14:17:45.323Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T14:17:45.323Z
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star this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Dodds more like this
1148725
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Out of Area Treatment: Wales 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 Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government on waiting times for people living in Wales and receiving healthcare in England. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brecon and Radnorshire more like this
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Jane Dodds more like this
star this property uin 270 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Departmental Ministers meet with a variety of members from the devolved administrations on a regular basis, and discuss a range of operational issues.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Charnwood more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T10:44:02.677Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T10:44:02.677Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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4718
star this property label Biography information for Jane Dodds more like this
1148727
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Trees: Inner City Areas 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has plans to develop a national plan for inner city trees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
star this property uin 75 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>In November 2018, the Secretary of State announced that we will launch a national Tree Strategy for England. The Tree Strategy will set out the Government’s vision for the sector for the years to come and will aim to cover both rural and urban areas. The Strategy will set out how we intend to use a natural capital approach to forestry to maximise the benefits trees can provide such as carbon sequestration, increasing biodiversity and improving water and air quality.</p><p> </p><p>We aim to publish the Tree Strategy in 2020 following a broad and open-ended consultation to maximise sectoral engagement and gauge ambition outside of Government.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
star this property answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T14:21:39.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T14:21:39.683Z
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4062
star this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this
1148728
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Day Care 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 Education, if he will extend the free childcare entitlement to the equivalent of 30 hours a week for 52 weeks of the year. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stevenage more like this
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Stephen McPartland more like this
star this property uin 139 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department plans to spend around £3.5 billion on early education entitlements this year alone. Government funding is intended to deliver 570 or 1140 hours a year, over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year of free, high quality, flexible childcare for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. This equates to 15 or 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year to mirror school terms.</p><p>All the free entitlements can be “stretched” by taking fewer hours per week over up to 52 weeks of the year to cover term-time and the school holidays and free places can also be delivered at weekends (for example, 23 hours a week for 48 weeks of the year). These entitlements will allow providers to respond flexibly to parents’ individual needs and requirements so that parents are supported to work.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T13:19:47.133Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T13:19:47.133Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen McPartland more like this
1148729
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit 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 she has to fund the Citizens Advice help to claim scheme beyond April 2020; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Nottingham East more like this
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Mr Chris Leslie more like this
star this property uin 27 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department takes seriously the need to support vulnerable claimants, and wants the application process for Universal Credit to be as quick and easy as possible, ensuring that claimants receive money at the earliest opportunity.</p><p> </p><p>Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland have been delivering the ‘Help to Claim’ service on a pilot basis since April 2019, supporting claimants with making a new claim to Universal Credit. The Citizens Advice Help to Claim service offers tailored, practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim up to receiving their first full correct payment on time, and is available online, on the phone and face-to-face through local Citizen’s Advice services.</p><p> </p><p>We are committed to ensuring that delivery of services, such as Help to Claim, are carefully monitored and evaluated to provide effective support to our most vulnerable claimants, whilst ensuring value to taxpayers. We have begun evaluation of the service and will use this to inform decisions about the future of the service beyond March 2020.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T13:52:46.597Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T13:52:46.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Chris Leslie more like this
1148730
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electricity Generation 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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government plans to meet the projected shortfall in electricity supply by 2050 while achieving net zero-emissions targets; what changes to Government policy will be required; what energy mix will provide the best value for money for the taxpayer to meet that shortfall; and how much of that growth in electricity output will come from onshore wind power. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 140 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to delivering net zero emissions by 2050 which will require significant effort in all sectors. We are currently considering next steps in the light of the recent commitment to net zero. In power, we have made great progress in decarbonising electricity generation whilst meeting demand, and over half our electricity generation was from low-carbon sources last year, up from 23% in 2010.</p><p> </p><p>As we continue to reduce emissions the exact mix of the electricity system will be affected by the approach to decarbonisation in other sectors, technology costs and the emergence of new technologies. It is not for government to prescribe the proportion of generation that will come from any specific technology in 2050; rather the role of government will be to enable the market to deliver the levels of deployment required whilst minimising both emissions and systems costs.</p><p> </p><p>A diverse mix is likely to be required. We agree with the CCC Net Zero report that the falling cost of renewables means that they are likely to provide the majority of capacity in any low cost, low carbon system. Renewable generation would be complimented with firm low-carbon generation provided from sources such as nuclear and gas or biomass generation with carbon capture, usage and storage. In addition, we expect to see a significant increase in the levels of flexibility and storage in the electricity system.</p><p> </p><p>We will be setting out our more detailed plans in due course in a future White Paper.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Spelthorne more like this
star this property answering member printed Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T14:38:51.957Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T14:38:51.957Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
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4056
star this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1148732
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions: West Bromwich West 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 Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in West Bromwich West constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension and (b) saved more than the auto-enrolment minimum contribution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Bromwich West more like this
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Mr Adrian Bailey more like this
star this property uin 28 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-18more like thismore than 2019-10-18
star this property answer text <p>Automatic enrolment has achieved a quiet revolution through getting employees into the habit of pension saving, and reversing the decline in workplace pension participation in the decade prior to these reforms. Since automatic enrolment started in 2012 participation rates have been transformed with 87% of eligible employees saving into a workplace pension in 2018, up from 55% in 2012.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not hold data for individual constituencies in relation to opt outs or the number of individuals who have saved above the automatic enrolment minimum contribution level. However, we do know that overall around 9% of automatically enrolled workers have chosen to opt out which is significantly below original estimates; and our latest evaluation report shows that, in April 2017, approximately 5.9 million eligible employees were already meeting the April 2019 minimum contribution rates<sup>1</sup>.</p><p> </p><p>I am providing the following information about the impact of automatic enrolment in your constituency, as at end of September 2019<sup>2</sup>:</p><p> </p><p>In the West Bromwich West constituency since 2012, approximately 16,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled and 1480 employers have met their duties.</p><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Automatic Enrolment Evaluation Report 2018, available via the following weblink: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764964/Automatic_Enrolment_Evaluation_Report_2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764964/Automatic_Enrolment_Evaluation_Report_2018.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p><sup>2</sup>The Pensions Regulator’s data on Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance by constituency, available via the following weblink:</p><p><a href="https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests" target="_blank">https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests</a></p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-18T10:55:16.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-18T10:55:16.407Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Adrian Bailey more like this