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star this property date less than 2015-01-15more like thismore than 2015-01-15
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal 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 which local authorities in England have taken part in the Weekly Collection Support Scheme; how many authorities took part in the expression of interest process; which have subsequently received financial support, and how much; and of those, which have reinstated weekly collections of general (“grey” or “residual”) waste, which have used the support to collect food waste separately, and which have used it in other ways. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL4187 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>In March 2012, my Department received initial expressions of interest from 151 lead local authorities, which resulted in bids from 113 local authorities. Some local authorities submitted multiple expressions of interest which were consolidated before final bid stage. The final bids were then assessed in line with the published criteria, and recipients then awarded funding.</p><p>A detailed table listing the schemes that are being supported is attached and on my Department’s website.</p><p> </p><p>It may be helpful to the noble Lord to outline what this Government has delivered since 2010:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Safeguarded weekly collections for 6 million households through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme as well as championing innovation and best practice; the answer of 14 May 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, House of Commons 646W, outlined how 14 million households in England have some form of weekly collection of smelly rubbish.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Issued the first ever Whitehall guidance on weekly bin collections, demolishing the myths that fortnightly bin collections are needed to save money or increase recycling. This best practice was directly informed by the Weekly Collections Support Scheme;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Supported over 40 innovative reward schemes to back recycling through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme (as pledged in the Coalition Agreement); the winning bids for a further Recycling Rewards Scheme for 2015-16 will be announced shortly;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Stopped the Audit Commission inspections which marked down councils who do not adopt fortnightly rubbish collections, and rejected the Audit Commission guidance which advocated fortnightly collections (“Waste Management: The Strategic Challenge and Waste Management Quick Guide”);</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Abolished the Local Area Agreements and National Indicator 191 imposed by Whitehall which created perverse incentives to downgrade waste collection services;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Scrapped the Whitehall requirement for municipal Annual Efficiency Statements, which allowed a reduction in the frequency of a household rubbish collection service to qualify as a “valid efficiency” and allowed revenue from bin fines to classed as a “cashable efficiency gain”;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Scrapped the imposition of eco-towns which would have had fortnightly bin collections and/or bin taxes as part of the “eco-standards”;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Through the Localism Act, revoked the 2008 legislation that allowed for the imposition of new bin taxes;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Issued guidance to stop the imposition of illegal ‘backdoor bin charging’ on households bins;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Stopped funding the ‘Waste Improvement Network’ which told councils to adopt fortnightly collections as best practice;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Challenged the incorrect interpretation by some bodies that European Union directives require fortnightly collections, and resisted the imposition of bin taxes by the European Union;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Removing powers of entry and snooping powers from bin inspectors and scrapped guidance telling councils to rifle through families’ bins;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Changed building regulations and planning guidance to tackle ‘bin blight’, and worked with the NHBC Foundation to produce new best practice guidance for house builders;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Changing the law through the Deregulation Bill to scrap unfair bin fines.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Without our active support, Ministers are clear that weekly collections would have disappeared across England. This Government’s approach can be contrasted with the devolved Labour-led Administration in Wales, where fortnightly bin collections are official policy, and pilots of monthly bin collections are being actively encouraged.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmed more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T14:39:13.267Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T14:39:13.267Z
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less than 2015-02-16T17:33:13.473Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-16T17:33:13.473Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this
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star this property file name PQ HL4187 List of successful bidders to the Weekly Collection Support Scheme.xls more like this
star this property title List of Supported Schemes more like this
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star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmed more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmed more like this
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star this property file name 150203 PQ677818 Lord Greaves - Attachment.pdf more like this
star this property title List of Supported Schemes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
177981
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star this property date less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Passive Smoking 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 is their estimate of the number of people who died as a result of passive smoking in each of the last five years. more like this
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Lord Laird more like this
star this property uin HL4692 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-17more like thismore than 2015-02-17
star this property answer text <p>Exposure to secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. More than 50 carcinogens have been identified in secondhand smoke.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The report of the United States Surgeon General titled “<em>The health consequences of involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke”</em> concluded that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke. The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in children. Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Legislation to stop smoking in vehicles carrying children will come into force in England on 1 October 2015.</p><p> </p><p><br /> The report of the Royal College of <ins class="ministerial">Physicians </ins><del class="ministerial">Surgeons</del> titled “<em>Going smoke-free: The medical case for clean air in the home, at work and in public places”</em> included estimates that secondhand smoke exposure caused approximately 12<del class="ministerial">2</del>,200 deaths in the United Kingdom in 2003, and that the majority of these deaths occurred as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke in the home. These estimates were made prior to the introduction of smokefree legislation in England in 2007. Over the past decade, the proportion of smokers who say that they do not smoke in the home has increased.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The evidence is clear that smokefree legislation in England has had beneficial effects on health, as set out in the report “<em>The Impact of smokefree legislation in England: evidence review”</em> which was published alongside the Government’s <em>“Tobacco Control Plan for England”</em> in March 2011.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The reports referred to have been placed in the Library.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-02-17T16:08:25.233Z
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less than 2015-03-12T12:34:25.527Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-12T12:34:25.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laird more like this
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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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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Government Departments: Staff 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 Answers by Lord Bates on 18 December 2014 (HL3693) and by Lord Henley on 13 March 2013 (WA 73) and 10 January 2012 (WA37–8), which Home Office Minister authorised the decision to withhold from Parliament the names of the Home Office officials convicted of offences relating to misconduct in public office for which they have received custodial sentences; and when the previous practice of revealing such names in parliamentary answers was changed. more like this
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Lord Marlesford more like this
star this property uin HL4039 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 2015-02-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>Lord Bates approved the response to HL3693 but in view of the Noble Lords further question we are reviewing our position and will write accordingly.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T17:42:01.86Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T17:42:01.86Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Marlesford more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Northumberland County Council 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 made, or intend to make, representations to Northumberland County Council about that authority’s plans to relocate its headquarters from Morpeth to Ashington, and in particular the impact of the move on residents of remoter urban and rural areas of that county; and, if so, in what terms. more like this
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Lord Vinson more like this
star this property uin HL4433 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 2015-02-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>We have made no such representations as such decisions are for Councils themselves. If Northumberland County Council have decided to relocate their Headquarters, they will have to answer through the ballot box for the decision and the impacts it will have on the people of Northumberland.<br><br>Councils should consider the potential savings to taxpayers from better property management, whilst also carefully considering the public's access to frontline services.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T14:48:49.667Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T14:48:49.667Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Vinson more like this
175892
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star this property date less than 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Tobacco: Smuggling 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 links between terrorist organisations and the illicit tobacco market in the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord Palmer more like this
star this property uin HL4472 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-16more like thismore than 2015-02-16
star this property answer text <p>HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) currently has no direct evidence that profits from tobacco fraud fund any specific terrorist groups.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The joint HMRC/Border Force strategy to tackle tobacco smuggling has been successful in driving a consistent and sustained reduction in the illicit market in the UK, reducing the market share for illicit cigarettes by more than half and hand-rolling tobacco by one-third since 2000.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The latest tobacco anti-fraud strategy ‘Tackling Tobacco Smuggling – building on our successes’ was launched in April 2011. Its objective is to achieve further sustainable downward pressure on the illicit market in cigarettes through to 2015. A copy was placed in the House of Commons library at that time.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2013/14, HMRC referred 328 cases for prosecution and seized 1,437 million cigarettes and 330 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2015-02-16T16:42:52.643Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-16T16:42:52.643Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Palmer more like this
176245
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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Relations 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 introduce measures to help prevent Muslims born and bred in the United Kingdom from being labelled by their faith and excluded from the mainstream. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL4503 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>My rt hon friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles) made a Written Ministerial Statement on 18 December, <em>Official Report </em>Column 110WS, setting out the Government’s work on integration. As the Statement notes since 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government has spent £45 million on supporting integration projects. It also makes clear that we are rising to the challenges, championing what unites our country across class, colour and creed and making clear that Britain is a stronger nation because of its faith communities. We are also taking initiatives and supporting communities in addressing anti-Muslim hatred. <br><br>We are clear that British values are Muslim values and there are incredible and powerful examples of Muslim social action and charitable contributions made by Britain's Muslim communities. Britain has a proud track record of multi-faith cooperation and we are confident that our communities work together in strengthening society. This cannot be achieved by Government alone and local communities and faith leaders are in a unique position in working with Government in ensuring that no British citizen feels marginalised.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T14:15:23.11Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T14:15:23.11Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
176246
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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Religious Hatred 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 introduce measures to combat Islamophobia in the United Kingdom. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL4504 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This Government has done more than any other to tackle anti-Muslim hatred:<br><br></p><ul><li>We have set up the first ever cross-government working group on anti-Muslim hatred which was established to consider and take forward proposals to tackle anti-Muslim hatred. The Group engages with Muslim communities and advises Government on how best to take forward key priorities;</li><li>Provided start-up funding to the Tell MAMA initiative to record incidents and support victims of anti-Muslim hatred;</li><li>Established a UK Srebrenica Memorial Day which recognises the fatal consequences of hatred and division;</li><li>Run social media workshops to build the capacity of community organisations to use social media effectively;</li><li>Held 8 integration roadshows with communities to find out what more Government can do to integrate communities and tackle anti-Muslim hatred. Further roadshows are planned throughout 2015;</li><li>Following the attacks in Paris, My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and I wrote on 16 January to mosques across England reassuring them of Government help if they experience anti-Muslim hatred. The Department has also assured faith and community leaders of its support to their commendable efforts to foster mutual understanding and shared respect;</li><li>Proactive engagement with the police to combat anti-Muslim hatred;</li><li>Initiated roundtable discussions with representatives of Muslim communities, including Imams and Muslim youth leaders;</li><li>Regular ministerial engagement and attendance at Muslim community events.</li></ul><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T16:05:32.187Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T16:05:32.187Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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3847
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
176258
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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry 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 is their assessment of the cost of the proposed inquiry by the independent panel into Child Sexual Abuses; and whether the cost will come from the Home Office budget as currently published. more like this
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Lord Morris of Aberavon more like this
star this property uin HL4516 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is of the highest priority for the Home Secretary. We will ensure appropriate funding is made available for the Inquiry to carry out its functions as part of a cost-sharing arrangement across Government.</p><p /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T17:43:30.85Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T17:43:30.85Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Morris of Aberavon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Shops 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, given the increasing prevalence of online retailers, what steps they are taking to support local authorities and town centre managers in increasing trade for high street shops. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL4537 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>Since 2010, we have taken forward a wide range of activities to help communities adapt to changing high streets.</p><p> </p><p>In 2011 the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister commissioned retail expert Mary Portas to conduct an independent review, and the Government accepted all but one of the 28 recommendations.</p><p> </p><p>The Government provided direct funding and support to 24 Portas Pilots (a further 3 were funded by the Mayor of London) and over 330 town teams, who are working with local communities, businesses and local authorities to identify and tackle the issues faced in their local area.</p><p> </p><p>We established the Future High Streets Forum, to advise Government and develop practical policies. The Forum has worked with us to launch the successful Great British High Streets Portal, which brings together practical support and advice for all local authorities and groups working to regenerate their town centres. In 2014, we launched the Great British High Street Awards, which have been a great success, and will be running again in 2015.</p><p> </p><p>We have provided support for retail markets, including funding for the ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaigns.</p><p> </p><p>We have provided support for the establishment of Business Improvement Districts with a loan fund to help start up costs. In November 2014, we announced new measures to strengthen the role of Business Improvement Districts, to ensure they are able to have a play a key role in shaping and revitalising their town centres.</p><p> </p><p>We have increased business rate discounts for 300,000 businesses including doubling small business rate relief, capping the inflation increase to 2%, and a targeted discount for smaller shops, pubs and restaurants. In total this amounted to over £1.4 billion of government support.</p><p> </p><p>We have also given local councils wide-ranging, discretionary powers to grant business rates discounts as they see fit, empowering them to invest in the future of their town centres. Where they do so, central Government will automatically meet 50% of any costs.</p><p> </p><p>We are also tackling aggressive parking enforcement, and have introduced new permitted development rights to help town centres to be more flexible.</p><p><br><br>Recent research demonstrated that the internet can be a friend to the high street, with 'click and collect' being an increasing driver for footfall to town centres.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T14:20:20.373Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T14:20:20.373Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-29more like thismore than 2015-01-29
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Deportation 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 how many (1) Bulgarian, and (2) Romanian, passport holders are awaiting deportation from the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord Marlesford more like this
star this property uin HL4549 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>Most immigration offenders are removed under administrative or illegal entry powers from the UK and are not deported. Deportations are a specific subset of removals which are enforced either following a criminal conviction or when it is judged that a person’s removal from the UK is conducive to the public good. <br><br>The question has been taken as meaning all enforced removals.<br><br>The table below shows the number of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals as of 30 January 2015 awaiting either removal or deportation as a combined total, with removal directions scheduled and set for removal. <br><br>Removal Directions set</p><p /> <p>Romania 20</p><p /> <p>Bulgaria 5</p><p /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T17:54:19.197Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T17:54:19.197Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Marlesford more like this