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star this property date less than 2014-03-20more like thismore than 2014-03-20
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what customer, user and satisfaction surveys were conducted in the last 12 months in the Ministry of Justice and the agencies that report to it; which of them have been reported to the management board in the last 12 months; and which were commissioned by the management board. more like this
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Lord Mendelsohn more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice and its agencies (the National Offender Management Service, the Legal Aid Agency and the Office of the Public Guardian) have conducted the following customer, user and satisfaction surveys in the last 12 months:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Ministry of Justice:</strong></p><ul><li>Pilot postal and telephone survey with civil court customers</li><li>E-questionnaire with individuals and businesses who have brought commercial cases to the rolls building</li><li>Inclusion of questions in the Crime Survey for England and Wales to explore views and experiences of users of our services</li></ul><p>These surveys were not commissioned by the Executive Committee and the findings from these surveys have not been reported to the Committee.</p><p> </p><p><strong>National Offender Management Service:</strong></p><ul><li>The Offender Management Feedback Questionnaire (OMFQ) survey of offenders under probation supervision</li><li>The Measuring the Quality of Prison Life (MQPL) survey of prisoners</li></ul><p>The results of both surveys are reported to the NOMS Agency Board. The OMFQ was agreed at Director level, and the MQPL surveys are undertaken for many years with the agreement of the NOMS Agency Board.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Office of the Public Guardian:</strong></p><ul><li>Deputy customer satisfaction survey</li><li>Lasting power of attorney (LPA) customer satisfaction survey</li><li>Digital LPA tool user feedback survey – at the end of the online digital application process</li></ul><p>These surveys were commissioned/approved by the OPG Board, and the survey results have been passed to the board.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Legal Aid Agency:</strong></p><ul><li>Client satisfaction surveys with users of the civil legal aid telephone advice service</li><li>Survey to pilot users of the new civil legal aid online system</li><li>Customer service survey of legal aid providers</li><li>Other ad hoc customer satisfaction surveys</li></ul><p>The findings from the surveys with users of the civil legal aid telephone advice service have been reported to the LAA Board. The remaining surveys have not been reported to or commissioned by the LAA Board.</p><p> </p><p>Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service have not conducted any surveys in the last 12 months.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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4286
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
44578
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept id 54 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 how much has been paid in legal aid fees over the last five years to law firms Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day to conduct cases alleging abuse by British soldiers. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6235 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
unstar this property answer text <p>The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) cannot separately identify legal aid cases for those Iraqis alleging abuse by British Soldiers without disproportionate costs. Legal aid cases are not systematically recorded against nationality or cause of action.</p><p> </p><p>Leigh Day have not acted under legal aid in these types of cases. Public Interest Lawyers have acted for Iraqi clients under legal aid in cases seeking investigations into deaths and mistreatment.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The net payments to Public Interest Lawyers over the past five years were:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Amount</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008/09</p></td><td><p>£628,527.75</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>£267,433.88</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>£439,268.02</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>£331,238.85</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>£54,387.48</p><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>These payments cover all work undertaken by the firm under legal aid. The payments made will be offset by recoupment on successful cases where the opponent has paid the costs.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
44579
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
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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 plan to take steps to recover legal aid payments to the firm Public Interest Lawyers following their statement on 20 March that there was no evidence that British soldiers had murdered 20 Iraqis. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6236 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
unstar this property answer text <p>Legal aid is not funding the Al-Sweady Inquiry. There are therefore no plans to recover payments made from legal aid to Public Interest Lawyers following their statement on 20 March.</p><p> </p><p>On 20 March, at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into the most serious allegations against British soldiers in the Iraq War, lawyers representing Iraqi families withdrew their claim that the troops had killed unarmed civilians they had captured and brought back to an army base.</p><p> </p><p>The inquiry continues and the statement on 20 March does not mean that the inquiry has been abandoned.</p><p> </p><p>Legal aid was provided for an action prior to the Inquiry. Legal aid was provided to Iraqi applicants to seek an independent and effective investigation into deaths and torture or inhumane and degrading treatment in relation to the incident at checkpoint Danny Boy in Iraq in May 2004. As a result of these proceedings, the Secretary of State for Defence decided to hold the Al-Sweady Inquiry. This action was therefore successful in its aim.</p><p> </p><p>The Inquiry is not yet complete and the Chairman's report is not due to be published until later in the year. Public Interest Lawyers's statement refers to part only of the allegations made and the Ministry of Justice awaits the Inquiry Report before commenting further.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
44580
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice 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 plan to investigate United Kingdom law firms pursuing claims of unfounded abuse by British soldiers. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL6237 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
unstar this property answer text <p>There are no plans to investigate the firms as they are not funded under the legal aid regulations or their contract with the Lord Chancellor in the Al-Sweady inquiry. It would not be reasonable to investigate the firms under their contract in relation to a matter arising outside their contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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497
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
44584
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether migrants detained in HM Prison The Verne from 24 March will have access to (1) Rule 35 procedures to determine whether their health would be damaged by detention, for example, due to a history of torture, (2) mobile telephones and the internet, (3) the ability to receive telephone calls from solicitors, family and friends, and (4) on-site legal advice surgeries; and if not, why not. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6241 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>HM Prison The Verne started taking immigration detainees as scheduled from 24 March 2014. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will retain The Verne as a prison in the short term. Its designation as a prison will be reviewed later this year, with the intention of completing the re-designation to an immigration removal centre by the end of September 2014.</p><p> </p><p>While The Verne retains its designation as a prison it will be governed by Prison Rules rather than Detention Centre Rules. As The Verne is not governed by Detention Centre Rules, Rule 35 of those rules is not applicable.</p><p> </p><p>Detainees held at The Verne will be treated in the same way as other detainees held within the prison estate. As such they will not have access to mobile telephones or the internet, nor will they be able to receive telephone calls. They will, however, be able to make telephone calls and will have access to both social and legal visits.</p><p> </p><p>There is a dedicated Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team on site who will see detainees routinely on induction and upon request. In addition, independent immigration advice will be provided by Migrant Help.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
44881
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star this property date less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice 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 the Lord Chancellor considers that the rehabilitation and behaviour of prisoners will be encouraged by preventing them receiving books by post. more like this
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Lord Fellowes more like this
star this property uin HL6284 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>Up to 12 books may be held by prisoners in their cell at any one time. Prisoners may have additional books stored locally at the prison. Every prison has a library, to which every prisoner has access.</p><p> </p><p>Ministers have not made any policy changes specifically about the availability of books in prisons. The changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges national policy framework we introduced last year in relation to parcels were introduced to ensure consistency across the estate and to make sure that security can be maintained. There have always been controls on the sending of parcels into prisons, and allowing parcels to be sent in unrestricted would be operationally unmanageable and would lead to a significant risk of drugs and other illicit items being smuggled into prisons.</p><p> </p><p>The National Offender Management Service works closely with the Shannon Trust to support schemes such as 'Toe by Toe', which includes peer mentoring to improve reading levels.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks 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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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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44917
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star this property date less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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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 is their assessment of the Law Society's practice note on drawing up wills which are compliant with Sharia law. more like this
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
star this property uin HL6320 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>Sharia law has no jurisdiction in England and Wales and the Government has no intention to change this position.</p><p> </p><p>The Law Society's practice note gives guidance to solicitors preparing wills under the law of England and Wales. It is a fundamental principle of this law that testators are, by making a valid will, able to leave their property to whomsoever they wish, subject only to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The practice note does not and cannot change the law.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
45485
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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the current legislation against female genital mutilation provides sufficient protection against the practice, whether carried out in the United Kingdom or abroad. more like this
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton more like this
star this property uin HL6350 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to tackling and preventing the harmful and unacceptable practice of female genital mutilation.</p><p> </p><p>The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 extended significantly the protection that the law affords to victims of this unacceptable practice. However, to deal with perpetrators of these offences, cases must be reported to the police and the evidential and public interest tests for prosecution must be met. At the time of mutilation, victims may be too young and vulnerable, or too afraid, to report offences. They may also be reluctant to implicate family members. These barriers to prosecution cannot easily be overcome. Therefore it is important to find ways of building a case that do not necessarily rely on the testimony of child victims.</p><p> </p><p>As part of cross-government work, the Ministry of Justice is already considering suggestions made by the Director of Public Prosecutions for strengthening the criminal law on female genital mutilation to make successful prosecutions more likely.</p><p> </p><p>We welcome the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into this area and will give careful consideration to any additional recommendations for legislative change that may be made by the Committee when it reports in due course.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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3573
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Gould of Potternewton more like this
45730
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star this property date less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
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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 consideration they are giving to the Howard League for Penal Reform's request to the Ministry of Justice to reverse their ban on family and friends sending books to prisoners. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL6379 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>There are important reasons why we have restricted the sending in of parcels by families and friends of prisoners and we do not intend to withdraw those restrictions. The changes we introduced last year in relation to parcels were to ensure consistency across the estate and to make sure that security can be maintained. There have always been controls on the sending of parcels into prisons, and allowing parcels to be sent in unrestricted would be operationally unmanageable and would lead to a significant risk of drugs and other illicit items being smuggled into prisons.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have always recognised the importance of reading and literature in the rehabilitative process, and the positive effects these have on prisoners' welfare. <em>Every prison has a library, to which every prisoner has access. Prisoners may hold up to 12 books in their cell at any one time, and additional books can be stored locally at the prison. </em>The National Offender Management Service also works closely with the Shannon Trust to support schemes such as 'Toe by Toe', which includes peer mentoring to improve reading levels.<em> </em></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire 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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star this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
45734
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star this property date less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
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Ministry of Justice remove filter
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ascertain the number of ex-service personnel receiving (1) custodial, and (2) non-custodial, sentences. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL6383 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice does not centrally collate or hold information on the current or previous occupations of those receiving custodial or non-custodial sentences; it is therefore not possible to identify ex-service personnel within centrally held data sources. However, in September 2010, the MOJ and Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) published an estimate of the number of regular ex-service personnel in prison in England and Wales and in March 2011, the MOJ and DASA published a further estimate of the number of regular ex-service personnel under probation supervision in England and Wales.</p><p>Copies of the reports are available via the following links:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ex-armed-forces-prisoners-in-england-and-wales-statistics-2010" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ex-armed-forces-prisoners-in-england-and-wales-statistics-2010</a></p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/veterans-on-probation-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/veterans-on-probation-statistics</a></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this