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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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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
star this property hansard heading Children: Social Services 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 Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the level of central Government funding for local authorities on the adequacy of children's services provided by local authorities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 7043 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
unstar this property answer text <p>The number of inadequate local authorities has fallen by a third from 30 in April 2017 to 17 at the end of October 2019, as a result of our reforms.</p><p>Local authorities have been given access to over £200 billion in the 5 years since Spending Review 2015. The Spending Round 2019 also confirmed an additional £1 billion grant for adult and children’s social care services in 2020-21 in addition to the continuation of existing social care grants.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Chippenham more like this
star this property answering member printed Michelle Donelan more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T17:16:12.523Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T17:16:12.523Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michelle Donelan more like this
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1167104
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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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
star this property hansard heading Children: Protection more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to improve local authority support for vulnerable children. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 7044 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
unstar this property answer text <p>All children should have access to the support they need to keep them safe, provide them with a stable and nurturing home, and overcome challenges to achieve their potential. That is why, at the Spending Round 2019, the government confirmed an additional £1 billion grant for adult and children’s social care in 2020-21 in addition to the continuation of all existing social care grants.</p><p>Local authorities core spending power is expected to rise from £46.2 billion to £49.1 billion in 2020/21, an estimated 4.3% real terms increase.</p><p>We also provide targeted help and support to drive improvement in local authorities. We are investing £20 million in regional sector-led improvement to get ahead of failure. Our strong ‘Partner in Practice’ authorities have already helped over 70 local authorities, getting upstream of the risk of failure, with work underway to broker support for many more. Additionally, we are investing £2 million in improving leadership in children's services with support being delivered through the local government authority. In addition to the £84 million targeted fund, the Autumn Budget made £410 million available to local authorities for adults and children’s social care in 2019/20.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Chippenham more like this
star this property answering member printed Michelle Donelan more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T17:12:34.013Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T17:12:34.013Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michelle Donelan more like this
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1147757
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star this property date less than 2019-10-02more like thismore than 2019-10-02
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Electric Vehicles: Batteries more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on electric vehicle battery range of (a) low or high temperatures and (b) the use of in-car heating or air conditioning. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 293451 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thisremove minimum value filter
unstar this property answer text <p>Really low and really high temperatures can impact an electric vehicle’s battery range. Currently, the operating temperatures for electric vehicle battery cells are -20°C to +60°C. Vehicle manufacturers compensate for this at pack level through pre-conditioning as well as heating and cooling systems, the drawback being that these draw energy. Applications in aerospace and defence have even more challenging operating temperatures. The Government has committed £274m to the Industrial Strategy’s Faraday Battery Challenge which includes understanding the effects of temperature further. The Challenge is supporting battery R&amp;D from the Faraday Institution’s academic research through Innovate UK’s programme of collaborative R&amp;D and to scale-up in the cutting-edge UK Battery Industrialisation Centre. One of the aims of the Faraday programme is to improve the operating range of battery cells, including to -40°C to +80°C by 2035 therefore enabling better performance and efficiency at higher and lower ambient temperatures.</p><p> </p><p>Thermal loads from heating, ventilation and air-conditioning affect the battery range of electrical vehicles and is most critical for vehicles like refrigerated trucks. The Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s Integrated Delivery Programme is funding R&amp;D projects aiming to maximise the efficiency of the electric powertrain and significantly extend an electric vehicle’s range further.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Mid Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed George Freeman more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T10:11:12.34Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T10:11:12.34Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Freeman more like this
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1151613
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Developing Countries: Renewable Energy more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department provides to developing countries to support off-grid electricity generation from renewable sources. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 3539 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Off-grid renewable energy is often the best way for millions of people to have access to electricity, especially in rural areas. DFID’s support to off-grid electricity generation is delivered through a range of programmes.</p><p>We provide funding for the installation of off-grid solar power, such as through mini-grid projects in Kenya and Rwanda. We provide technical assistance and are helping to establish markets in a number of African countries for household solar power. For example, a programme using results-based financing is delivering clean energy electricity access to millions, while the Africa Clean Energy programme is supporting a market-based approach for private sector delivery of solar home system products and services.</p><p>We also support private sector off-grid projects through the Green Climate Fund. For example, one project is helping 50 poor, rural communities in Mali to switch from fossil fuel-powered diesel generators and kerosene lamps to green energy by installing solar mini-grids. We also support development finance interventions such as the Private Infrastructure Development Group, the Multilateral Development Banks, and CDC – which has, for example, invested substantial equity in M-KOPA, a pay-as-you-go solar energy company.</p><p>Since 2011, the UK has provided 26 million people with improved access to clean energy and installed 1,600 MW in clean energy capacity.</p><p>The Prime Minister announced at the UN Climate Action Summit funding of up to £1 billion for research, development and deployment of new energy technologies and business models to unlock opportunities in developing countries for cleaner growth and better access to clean energy.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
star this property answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T16:07:22.84Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T16:07:22.84Z
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star this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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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
star this property hansard heading Jagtar Singh Johal more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations to his Indian counterpart on the continuing detention of Jagtar Singh Johal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 3536 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>We regularly make representations on Mr Johal's case to the Government of India. The Foreign Secretary raised Mr Johal's case on 1 August 2019 with the Indian Foreign Minister. On 23 October, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister for South Asia, raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian High Commissioner to the UK. The Minister also met with Mr Johal's family and constituency MP on 24 October.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T13:13:44.977Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T13:13:44.977Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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1151607
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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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
star this property hansard heading Kashmir: Human Rights more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations to his Indian counterpart on the human rights of the people of (a) Jammu and (b) Kashmir. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 3537 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>We recognise that there are human rights concerns in both India-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. We encourage all states to ensure domestic laws are in line with international standards. Any allegation of human rights abuse is deeply concerning and must be investigated thoroughly, promptly, transparently and independently.</p><p>We are monitoring the situation in Kashmir closely and in regular contact with the Governments of India and of Pakistan. The Prime Minister has spoken to Prime Minister Modi about the situation. The Foreign Secretary raised his concerns about the situation with the Indian Minister for External Affairs, Dr Jaishankar. The Minister for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia discussed the situation in Kashmir with the Indian Minister of Minority Affairs during his visit to New Delhi this month; and engages regularly with the Indian High Commissioner. Senior officials remain in frequent contact with the Indian Government and regularly raise our concerns.</p><p>​</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:01:34.917Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:01:34.917Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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1151608
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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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
star this property hansard heading India: Pakistan 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will raise the deteriorating military and security situation on the India Pakistan border at the next meeting of the UN Security Council. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 3538 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The longstanding position of the UK is that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political resolution on Kashmir bilaterally, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people. We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue and find lasting, diplomatic solutions to maintain regional stability, but it is not for the UK to prescribe a solution or act as a mediator.</p><p>​</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T10:30:12.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T10:30:12.76Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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1145756
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading City of London Police: Action Fraud more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the management of Action Fraud by the City of London Police. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 290643 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thisremove minimum value filter
unstar this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Government’s Joint Fraud Taskforce (a coalition between government, industry, law enforcement and the third sector) continues to lead an ambitious programme of work to design out and prevent fraud that occurs both online and offline. This includes the<em>Take Five</em> fraud awareness campaign, designed to urge the public and businesses to take time to consider whether a situation they find themselves in is genuine.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Online personal scams are increasingly perpetrated via cyber-enabled methods. To protect victims, the Government set up the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in October 2016. The NCSC is the UK’s technical authority on cyber security and provides a single, central body for cyber security at a national level. The NCSC works very closely with law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community to help prevent, disrupt and investigate cyber-crime and other online cyber related threats. In 2018 the NCSC took down 22,133 phishing campaigns, including 14,124 UK government-related phishing sites, and the total number of takedowns of fraudulent websites was 192,256, across 2018, with 64% of them down in 24 hours.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The City of London Police undertake a national lead force role for the investigation of serious and complex fraud cases. The Home Office remains committed to improving the law enforcement response to fraud. That is why we requested that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) conduct a thematic inspection on fraud, including Action Fraud, and set out measures for improving the response to fraud in our Economic Crime Plan, which was published in July. The City of London Police (as the National Lead Force for fraud) is currently implementing recommendations within HMICFRS’ inspection report, which was published on 2<sup>nd</sup> April.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The scale and complexity of the threat from serious and organised crime means that we need to do more to develop our response. The Government therefore recently announced a formal review to identify the powers, capabilities, governance and funding needed in response to this threat.</ins></p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2019-10-08T14:49:11.647Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T14:49:11.647Z
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less than 2019-10-08T16:18:16.097Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T16:18:16.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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