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star this property date less than 2016-06-13more like thismore than 2016-06-13
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading European Network and Information Security Agency 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 what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the protection of the human rights of Iranian women and scholars. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL630 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 2016-06-22more like thismore than 2016-06-22
star this property answer text <p>As mentioned in the 2015 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Human Rights report, women do not enjoy the same rights and privileges as men in Iran and continue to face discrimination. There are continued restrictions on freedom of expression and belief. We repeatedly call on the Iranian government to guarantee the human rights of all Iranians and will continue to do so. The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), most recently raised the issue of human rights with Foreign Minister Zarif when they met on the 17 May.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2016-06-22T13:36:24.89Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-22T13:36:24.89Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
428852
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Arts: Higher Education 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 what assessment they have made of the impact of cutting the funding at higher education level of arts subjects on (1) the choice available to students, and (2) the creative industries. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL3575 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 2015-11-30more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>As with other degrees, since 2012, Higher Education Institutions with an Access Agreement approved by the Office for Fair Access have been able to charge up to £9,000 a year for an arts degree. This funding comes via student loans and universities compete on quality and their offer to students. The Government also supports specialist institutions such as art and music colleges through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Institution-specific Funding.</p><br /><p>We value the creative industries which is why we support them through these and other policies. We are working with industry to take forward the recommendations in <em>*CreateUK</em>, the strategy for the sector developed by industry members of the Creative Industries Council.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2015-11-30T12:48:05.007Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-30T12:48:05.007Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
516951
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Crime: Prosecutions 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 how many prosecutions there have been in the past three years for (1) theft where the sum of money or the value of the goods alleged to have been taken is £10 or less, (2) begging, and (3) rough sleeping. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL8107 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 2016-05-11more like thismore than 2016-05-11
star this property answer text <p>The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts for theft offences, and begging and sleeping out, in England and Wales, from 2012 to 2014 (latest available) can be viewed in the table.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for selected offence categories, England and Wales, 2012 to 2014 <sup>(1)(2)</sup></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Offence category</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Theft offences</p></td><td><p>144,972</p></td><td><p>142,011</p></td><td><p>135,401</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Begging</p></td><td><p>1,229</p></td><td><p>2,097</p></td><td><p>2,219</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sleeping out</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p>(1) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p>(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p>Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ref: PQ HL 8107</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>Information on the value of the items involved in each individual theft offence is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>The figures in the table can also be found in the Outcomes by Offence tables in the annual publication on the Government website.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2016-05-11T12:57:03.08Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-11T12:57:03.08Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
677403
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-23more like thismore than 2017-01-23
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Offenders: Rehabilitation 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 what requirements they have set for community rehabilitation companies to make specific arrangements for the rehabilitation of minority groups whose first language is not English. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL4869 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2017-02-02
star this property answer text <p>We have given Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) the flexibility to innovate and do what works to reduce reoffending, including tailoring rehabilitative support to offenders based on their individual needs. To promote equality of opportunity and avoid discrimination against offenders on the grounds of protected characteristics, CRCs are required to comply with relevant equalities and human rights legislation as they work with offenders.</p><p> </p><p>Whilst not defined in law as a protected characteristic, we have taken steps to ensure that language is not a barrier to an individual’s rehabilitation. At the beginning of each sentence, CRCs are contractually required to arrange a face to face interview to assess each offender’s risk profile and rehabilitative needs. This informs the initial sentence plan, which the CRC must explain to the offender verbally and in writing to ensure they understand how they must behave and what they must do to comply with their sentence. The CRC must also seek confirmation that the offender has understood this explanation. Where the offender understands insufficient English to enable this, CRC must undertake the initial interview and provide confirmation of the sentence plan in a language they were able to understand.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-02-02T16:39:32.403Zmore like thismore than 2017-02-02T16:39:32.403Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
517597
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-04more like thismore than 2016-05-04
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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 National Curriculum Tests 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 what assessment they have made of the long-term impact of the introduction of SAT exams on vulnerable children. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL8190 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 2016-05-12more like thismore than 2016-05-12
star this property answer text <p>SATs, now called national curriculum tests, were first introduced in 1991. In determining primary assessment policy, the Department considers the impact of testing on all children as a matter of course, which includes drawing on evidence from this country’s past national tests.</p><p>As part of our Public Sector Equality Duty, we also consider the impact of Government policy on different groups of pupils, including – but not limited to – those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Vulnerable children, such as those from disadvantaged backgrounds who qualify for free school meals, looked-after children who attract pupil premium plus funding, or those with special educational needs.</p><p>The Government believes that rigorous and appropriate assessment is in all pupils’ interests. National curriculum tests help teachers to understand how pupils are doing in relation to national expectations and identify where additional support is needed. They also hold schools to account for how well they support their pupils, which the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development concludes is particularly important for the least advantaged. The tests should not put undue pressure on any pupil and we trust teachers to approach them in a proportionate manner. Schools are also required to provide continuous and appropriate support for the wellbeing and resilience of all pupils.</p><p>For this year, we have introduced updated tests to align with the new National Curriculum which was introduced in 2014. In developing the curriculum we have been mindful of the possible impact on equalities and based on a wide range of evidence we have conducted a full equalities impact assessment. This paper has been attached to this answer.</p><p>The new tests will assess pupils’ attainment against the National Curriculum. In developing these tests, the Department has considered carefully their impact upon all pupils and we will continue to do so as they are introduced in schools.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2016-05-12T11:29:53.053Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-12T11:29:53.053Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property file name HL8190 Attachment.pdf more like this
unstar this property title Reform_of_the_national_curriculum_England more like this
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3847
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
671918
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star this property date less than 2017-01-11more like thismore than 2017-01-11
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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 Pupils: English Language 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, further to the answer by Lord Nash on 11 January about the risk to children in unrecognised school settings or receiving home education, what specific measures are taken to help children who come from households where English is not spoken. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL4587 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 2017-01-23more like thismore than 2017-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The Government supports children from homes where English is not spoken in a number of ways. At present, it is up to local authorities to decide whether to include English as an Additional Language (EAL) as a factor in the local formulae for funding schools. 136 used an EAL factor in the current year, with per pupil values ranging from below £100 to over £3000. However, in our proposals for the National Funding Formula, currently under consultation, we have proposed that all children with EAL will attract an additional £515 (primary) or £1385 (secondary) to their school, for the first 3 years after they enter the state system, wherever they are in the country. This is proposed to come in from 2018-19.</p><p>Where children are educating at home instead of in school, parents who educate a child at home must provide a full-time education suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitudes, and it is likely that such an education would need to include lessons in English to meet that requirement.</p><p>The Government also supports training for adults in English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL): to enable unemployed people on benefits to get the skills they need to get into and stay in work; to support the integration of long-standing migrant communities and particularly those individuals most at risk of isolation from services and wider society; and to support refugees, especially Syrians, to resettle in the UK. DfE funds ESOL training through the Adult Education Budget, which is allocated to providers annually by the Skills Funding Agency. In 2015-16 just under £100m was devoted to ESOL provision.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-01-23T15:34:15.143Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-23T15:34:15.143Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-01more like thismore than 2015-12-01
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Religious Hatred: Islam 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 what assessment they have made of the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim communities in the UK. more like this
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Baroness Afshar more like this
star this property uin HL4092 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 2015-12-15more like thismore than 2015-12-15
star this property answer text <p>Everyone in Britain has the right to feel safe and at ease in the place where they live. There is no place for hatred against people because of their race, gender, ethnic origin, faith, sexual orientation, age or disability.</p><p>Anti-Muslim attacks rose 30-40% in the first two weeks after the Paris attacks. These attacks are unacceptable in Britain. The Government funds Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) to encourage reporting of these crimes and to support victims. We have also set up the first cross Government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to raise awareness of Islamaphobic attacks. In addition, the Prime Minister announced that the police will disaggregate hate crime by religion beginning in April 2016. This will help the police to build community trust, target their resources and enable the public to hold them to account.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2015-12-15T15:09:33.127Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-15T15:09:33.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Afshar more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-09-12more like thismore than 2016-09-12
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Department for Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Pensions: Fraud 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 what action they are taking to stop cold-callers who try to lure people into pension scams. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL1762 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 2016-09-26more like thismore than 2016-09-26
star this property answer text <p>The Government takes the threat of pension scams very seriously. We are committed to protecting consumers from such scams, by raising awareness and pursuing scammers when these crimes occur.</p><p>The Government has established Project Bloom, a multi-department, multi-agency forum for officials to monitor trends, share intelligence on emerging threats, and help co-ordinate action to tackle scams. Members include the National Crime Agency, police forces, Pension Wise, regulators and key Government departments.</p><p>We are also taking forward a range of legislative measures to tackle nuisance calls, which will increase consumer protection and choice by strengthening the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) ability to take enforcement action against organisations that break the law. Recent actions include a measure in the Digital Economy Bill that will strengthen the ICO's direct marketing guidance by giving it statutory status. We are also exploring proposals to extend the ICO’s powers of compulsory audit to more of the organisations that generate nuisance calls; and the options for enabling the ICO to hold company directors to account for breaches of the direct marketing rules.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Shields more like this
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less than 2016-09-26T13:04:49.783Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-26T13:04:49.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Shields more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-13more like thismore than 2016-09-13
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Department for Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Nuisance Calls 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 why cold calls regarding mortgages can be banned but not cold calls offering free pension reviews or unregulated pension investments. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL1833 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 2016-09-29more like thismore than 2016-09-29
star this property answer text <p>The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) prohibition on cold calling applies to financial promotion of mortgages by FCA regulated firms. Under the FCA rules, regulated entities (including mortgage providers) are not allowed to engage in real-time financial promotion of mortgages and therefore no legitimate market for telephone promotion and sales exists.</p><p>The Government tightened controls on cold calling earlier this year, when amending the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), making it a requirement for organisations making direct marketing calls to display their Calling Line Identification (CLI). These controls need time to bed in before considering whether further changes, specific to pensions, are appropriate. If there is a case for change, the Government will take the necessary action.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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less than 2016-09-29T15:55:35.627Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-29T15:55:35.627Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
598127
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-10-10more like thismore than 2016-10-10
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Department for Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Nuisance Calls 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 action they are planning to take to prevent cold calling for pension scams. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL2156 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 2016-10-20more like thismore than 2016-10-20
star this property answer text <p>My Department is in conversations with Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions on how best we tackle nuisance calls and the scams associated with them, which is a priority for the Government.</p><p> </p><p>We are exploring several measures that will help strengthen the Information Commissioner’s enforcement powers against those organisations that continue to breach the direct marketing rules. Specific measures under consideration are; extending the Information Commissioner’s powers of compulsory audit to more of the organisations that generate nuisance calls and exploring the options for enabling the Information Commissioner to hold company directors to account for breaches of the direct marketing rules.</p><p> </p><p>The Government will continue to work closely with the City of London Police (CoLP), the national lead force for fraud, to help local forces and partners deliver protective advice to the public on fraud, including phone scams. CoLP operates Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, to ensure that the public has the information they need to protect themselves from telephone fraud. Action Fraud, for example, places an alert on its website when a serious threat or new type of fraud is identified - which members of the public can sign up to receive by email.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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less than 2016-10-20T14:36:32.887Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-20T14:36:32.887Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this