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star this property date less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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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
star this property hansard heading Floods 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Repair and Renew grant scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
unstar this property answer text <p>We are working closely with local authorities, with support from the Environment Agency, to ensure the effective delivery and deliver the maximum benefit for the ‘Repair and Renew’ grant. We are aware of a number of collaborative applications that will have multiple beneficiaries. These demonstrate particularly effective use of the grant.</p><p>The scheme is still running. All local authorities must claim reimbursement for grant payments from Defra by 31 March 2015. After then we will be better placed to assess the effectiveness of the scheme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T12:45:26.8739195Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T12:45:26.8739195Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
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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
star this property hansard heading Floods: Thames Valley more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to improve flood defences in the Thames Valley in 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 216492 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
unstar this property answer text <p>Since the 2013/14 winter flooding, over £3 million has been spent on work to restore flood defence assets in the Thames Valley and Surrey areas to help reduce the risk of flooding to communities. This has included completing eight flood defence repair projects and capital works on two weirs (Molesey and Godstow). The Environment Agency has also carried out repairs to damage on three Thames weirs, including removal of trees and blockages, and shoal clearance works across twenty sites through the Lower Thames.</p><p>During this year, the Environment Agency has also made progress in developing two large-scale flood alleviation schemes:</p><p>- The Oxford to Abingdon scheme, reducing flood risk to over 1,000 properties; and</p><p>- The River Thames scheme, reducing flood risk to over 15,000 homes and businesses and significant local infrastructure around Teddington to Datchet.</p><p>An indicative allocation of £297m of Grant in Aid has been allocated to projects within the Thames RFCC are over the next 6 years. These projects will better protect at least 25,000 households by 2021. It is planned to start the construction of 36 projects by April 2016 with a further 126 projects in development and the pipeline for construction in future years.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T17:51:29.987Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T17:51:29.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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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
star this property hansard heading Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made in deregulating the consent process for river maintenance pilots; and what plans she has to start new pilot schemes (a) along the Thames in Berkshire and (b) elsewhere. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 220494 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-19more like thismore than 2015-01-19
unstar this property answer text <p>On 10 December 2014, Defra launched a consultation on proposals to integrate flood defence consents into the Environmental Permitting framework. The new scheme will simplify the application process while removing unnecessary costs and burdens for those who wish to carry out construction works or other activities in, or near, main rivers.</p><p>The River Maintenance Pilots (which explore how red tape could be reduced for landowners who wish to undertake maintenance in man-made ditches, land drains or previously straightened watercourses that had been dredged in the last ten years) were launched by the Environment Agency in October 2013 and were scheduled to last for one year. In response to interest shown by local farmers, the pilots were expanded in May 2014 to include two new pilot areas, and expand an existing area. To allow those affected by the 2013/14 floods extra time to carry out their work, the pilots were also extended until mid-March 2015. We will consider the evidence from the pilots when they are complete.</p><p>In addition, the Environment Agency and National Farmers Union are launching a new local initiative across rural Oxfordshire to help landowners along tributaries of the River Thames with the consenting process. This initiative will start in 2015/16 and it is likely to expand into Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-01-19T15:41:20.533Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-19T15:41:20.533Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-12more like thismore than 2015-03-12
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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
star this property hansard heading Flood Control 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Environment Agency's flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme 2015 to 2021, what estimate she has made of the number of properties that will be protected in the (a) Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, (b) Thames Valley and (c) UK by that programme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 227424 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Environment Agency has estimated that its flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme 2015-2021, will reduce the risk of flooding to:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>· around 400 households in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead;</p><p> </p><p>· over 3,000 households in the Thames Valley - this number is based on delivery of schemes across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, including schemes around Oxford, Abingdon, Slough, Marlow, Newbury, Winnersh, Bicester, Northway and Marston;</p><p> </p><p>· at least 300,000 households in England.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-03-17T14:39:03.143Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-17T14:39:03.143Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-12more like thismore than 2015-03-12
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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
star this property hansard heading Flood Control 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the Environment Agency budget was spent on flood defences and prevention in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 227475 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The following table shows the proportion of Environment Agency budget spent on flood and coastal risk management (FCRM) in the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The final FCRM spend for the financial year 14/15 is yet to be confirmed.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Expenditure</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013-2014 (£M)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>% of Total Spend</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012-2013 (£M)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>% of Total Spend</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011-2012 (£M)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>% of Total Spend</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Flood and coastal risk management</p></td><td><p>637</p></td><td><p>56</p></td><td><p>585</p></td><td><p>54</p></td><td><p>600</p></td><td><p>54</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>1,143</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>1,091</p></td><td><p>100</p></td><td><p>1,113</p></td><td><p>100</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-03-17T16:02:13.707Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-17T16:02:13.707Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-06more like thismore than 2015-03-06
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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
star this property hansard heading Air Pollution 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that planning decisions take into full consideration the UK's air quality obligations under EU law. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
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Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 226552 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-12more like thismore than 2015-03-12
unstar this property answer text <p>Planning policy is a matter for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The National Planning Policy Framework was developed by CLG in conjunction with Defra and other relevant parties and sets out how air quality needs to be taken into account in planning decisions. We advise local authorities in local air quality management guidance to carry out planning and air quality functions in close cooperation to control the impacts developments might have on air quality.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-03-12T12:05:21.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-12T12:05:21.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-06more like thismore than 2015-03-06
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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
star this property hansard heading Air Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues responsible for the planning system on the UK's air quality obligations under EU law. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
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Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 226575 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-11more like thismore than 2015-03-11
unstar this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State has had discussions on a range of matters with Ministers in other departments, including the Department for Communities and Local Government. These discussions provide an opportunity for a range of issues, including air quality, to be raised.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to improving air quality and reducing pollution to protect public health and the environment.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-03-11T17:30:40.31Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-11T17:30:40.31Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-06more like thismore than 2015-03-06
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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
star this property hansard heading Air Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward proposals to require local authorities whose planning decisions may have contributed to poor air quality standards to pay fines imposed by the EU on the UK in respect of those standards. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
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Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 226574 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-11more like thismore than 2015-03-11
unstar this property answer text <p>The Commission has started infraction proceedings against the UK for not achieving European limit values for NO<sub>2</sub>. This case is ongoing. We are working in partnership with local authorities to ensure resources are invested in improving air quality to protect public health and the environment and to avoid any prospect of fines. We are fully committed to complying with EU air quality standards and are revising our plans to achieve compliance with the NO<sub>2</sub> limits in the shortest possible time.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-03-11T17:34:26.263Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-11T17:34:26.263Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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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
star this property hansard heading Waste Disposal more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the use of green waste as compost. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
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Andrew Stephenson more like this
star this property uin 220327 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 2015-01-19more like thismore than 2015-01-19
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government supports recycling of green waste, including work to develop markets for quality compost. For example, the Government has supported the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) to facilitate the development of the British Standard Institution’s Publicly Available Standard 100 (BSI PAS 100), working with industry to deliver a robust specification which provides national standards for quality of compost. In addition, the Environment Agency has revised its Quality Protocol for compost, which sets out when compost is no longer treated as “waste”. These standards provide confidence in composted materials for end users and help producers ensure their products are safe, reliable and perform well.</p><p>The Government is also helping fund a four year research project undertaking large scale field trials and demonstration projects into the use of quality anaerobic digestate (biofertiliser) and compost in agriculture. This includes an extensive knowledge exchange programme to support the use of green waste as compost.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-01-19T14:01:00.233Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-19T14:01:00.233Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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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
star this property hansard heading Bees more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of efforts to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee Bombus subterraneus to the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
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Andrew Stephenson more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-19more like thismore than 2015-01-19
unstar this property answer text <p>The reintroduction of <em>Bombus subterraneus</em> (the short-haired bumblebee) to the UK has been underway since 2012 through a partnership between Natural England, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the RSPB and Hymettus. There have been annual releases of queen bees from Sweden in the Dungeness and Romney Marsh area of Kent. A number of landowners in the area are supporting the reintroduction by restoring the habitat that the species depends on using agri-environment schemes. The partnership project officer and a team of volunteers have been monitoring this habitat every summer and in 2013 and 2014 worker short-haired bumblebees were seen in the area. This provides direct evidence that at least some of the released queens have successfully formed colonies. Queen releases and monitoring of habitat will continue through to 2016 at which point it is hoped that there will be evidence that a self-sustaining population is becoming established.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2015-01-19T15:32:37.157Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-19T15:32:37.157Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this