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star this property date less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Oral Questions 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 the Leader of the House whether she will propose to the Procedure Committee a review of the system for tabling oral questions in the House of Lords in respect of the requirement for members to queue. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2628 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
star this property answer text <p>The process for tabling oral questions was considered in detail in the 2012-13 session. In response to concerns raised about the current “first-come-first-served” system - including a concern about the requirement to queue raised by my Noble Friend, Lady Sharples - the Procedure Committee proposed the introduction of a ballot in its place (Procedure Committee, 3rd Report, Session 2012-13). The House remitted the issue back to the Procedure Committee for further consideration (HL Deb 9 Jan 2013, cols 145-172). <br><br>That further review did not identify a clear consensus as to whether a ballot was preferred to the “first-come-first-served” system (see Procedure Committee, 5th Report, Session 2012-13; see also HL Deb 24 April 2013, cols 1406-1417). <br><br>I know that strong views persist on both sides of the argument about this issue. I will write to the Chairman of the Procedure Committee on my Noble Friend’s behalf to suggest that the matter might be discussed at a future meeting of the Procedure Committee.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T14:34:08.47Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T14:34:08.47Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers 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 actions have been taken in pursuance of the commitments undertaken by the Ministerial Working Group on tacking inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers in their progress report of April 2012; and what further meetings have taken place, with what outcomes, since that date. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2504 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 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
star this property answer text <p>The Ministerial Working Group on Gypsies and Travellers was convened as an ad hoc meeting to discuss inequalities experienced by the Gypsy and Traveller community. This working group resulted in the publication of a progress report which included 28 commitments made by the Departments represented on it, with the aim of helping mainstream services work more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers.</p><p> </p><p>Since the report, Ministers have not needed to meet to implement the agreed policy, as this has been delegated to the Civil Service. There have been regular meetings between Gypsy and Traveller organisations and officials across Whitehall to discuss the progress made against the Government’s commitments, and wider action to improve the social outcomes of Gypsies and Travellers. We intend to publish a follow up report in due course.</p><p> </p><p>I have deposited in the Library of the House a document with a summary of progress so far against each of the 28 commitments with links to where further information can be found.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-11-11T12:51:59.5133209Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-11T12:51:59.5133209Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property file name Gypsies and Travellers commitments -DEPOSITEDPAPER-455504 (HL2504).doc more like this
star this property title 28 Commitments more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Wind Power: Planning Permission 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 November (HL2193), about planning applications for land-based wind turbines, how many planning applications were called in for decision by the Secretary of State in the last 12 months and how they were disposed of in each case. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2668 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 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
star this property answer text <p>In the last 12 months three planning applications for land based wind turbine development have been called in for determination by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Following call in, two of the applications were withdrawn and a public inquiry on the third is due in early 2015. All three followed requests by local or neighbouring Members of Parliament to call in the applications.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T14:28:22.897Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T14:28:22.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Planning Permission: Appeals 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 how many planning appeals and enforcement appeals involving (1) a single Gypsy and Traveller pitch, and (2) a single dwelling house, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has recovered since 1 July 2013. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2853 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 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
star this property answer text <p>This information is not centrally held in the form requested, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost, as planning appeal records are not categorised by single dwellings/pitches.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-12-01T12:59:57.493Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-01T12:59:57.493Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1665
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 how many planning and enforcement appeals involving Gypsy sites in the Green Belt were allowed between February 2006 and March 2012; and how many of those related to temporary permissions. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2854 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 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
star this property answer text <p>The total number of appeals relating to traveller cases in the Green Belt between February 2006 and March 2012 is 378. Of those, 192 were allowed (51%).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Planning Inspectorate does not collect data on how many permissions were temporary or permanent.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Planning policy on traveller sites was intentionally changed in March 2012, to give greater emphasis to the protection of the countryside and Green Belt, and discouraging both temporary and permanent permissions in the Green Belt. This is part of the Coalition Agreement pledge to safeguard the Green Belt.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As laid out in statements to Parliament, Ministers have also amended the recovery policy to consider more appeals on traveller sites and the Green Belt. We are currently considering responses to our consultation on further proposed amendments to planning policy and guidance, including further strengthening protection of the countryside.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-12-01T12:58:42.847Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-01T12:58:42.847Z
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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 date less than 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 whether they will provide an assurance that the proposed garden cities will feature appropriate accommodation for caravan-dwelling Travellers. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL4475 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-03more like thismore than 2015-02-03
star this property answer text <p>There are no special planning provisions for locally-led garden cities. National planning policy requires local authorities to plan for the needs of their traveller communities in the same way as they are required to plan for the settled community.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-03T15:19:01.72Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-03T15:19:01.72Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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178658
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star this property date less than 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 bids were accepted by the Homes and Communities Agency for Traveller accommodation under the affordable homes programme for the period 2015–18, including in each case the location, number of pitches and the cost of the scheme. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL4808 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 2015-02-20more like thismore than 2015-02-20
star this property answer text <p>The Homes and Communities Agency announced grant allocations totalling £886 million to deliver almost 44,000 new affordable homes as part of the 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme. Of this, allocations for traveller pitches are as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Local authority area </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Site</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Pitches</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grant Funding </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norwich City Council</p></td><td><p>To be confirmed - indicative allocation</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>£819,910</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Central Bedfordshire</p></td><td><p>Potton site extension</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>£150,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Central Bedfordshire</p></td><td><p>Potton site extension part 2</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>£825,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Central Bedfordshire</p></td><td><p>Dunton Lane</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>£900,000</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Unlike the 2011/15 Affordable Homes Programme, where all the funding was allocated at the start of the programme, the Homes and Communities Agency’s intention was to hold back at least 25% of the 2015/18 budget for future market engagement on an ongoing basis. This approach is intended to allow providers more time to work up proposals, including those intending to bid for funding for traveller sites, and reduces the need to ring-fence funding for particular groups. The Agency are now inviting bids for the remainder of the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme funding of around £800 million.</p><p>Allocations for traveller pitches by the Homes and Communities Agency cover the period of the 2011/15 programme, rather than 2012/15. The total allocated in the 2011/15 programme was £49 million. This allocation reflected the number and quality of bids received.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4809 more like this
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less than 2015-02-20T10:59:24.523Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-20T10:59:24.523Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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178659
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 was the total sum allocated by the Homes and Communities Agency for Traveller accommodation in the period 2012–15; and why no amount is ringfenced within the £1.7 billion affordable homes programme for the period 2015–18 for that purpose. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL4809 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 2015-02-20more like thismore than 2015-02-20
star this property answer text <p>The Homes and Communities Agency announced grant allocations totalling £886 million to deliver almost 44,000 new affordable homes as part of the 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme. Of this, allocations for traveller pitches are as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Local authority area </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Site</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Pitches</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grant Funding </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norwich City Council</p></td><td><p>To be confirmed - indicative allocation</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>£819,910</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Central Bedfordshire</p></td><td><p>Potton site extension</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>£150,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Central Bedfordshire</p></td><td><p>Potton site extension part 2</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>£825,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Central Bedfordshire</p></td><td><p>Dunton Lane</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>£900,000</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Unlike the 2011/15 Affordable Homes Programme, where all the funding was allocated at the start of the programme, the Homes and Communities Agency’s intention was to hold back at least 25% of the 2015/18 budget for future market engagement on an ongoing basis. This approach is intended to allow providers more time to work up proposals, including those intending to bid for funding for traveller sites, and reduces the need to ring-fence funding for particular groups. The Agency are now inviting bids for the remainder of the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme funding of around £800 million.</p><p>Allocations for traveller pitches by the Homes and Communities Agency cover the period of the 2011/15 programme, rather than 2012/15. The total allocated in the 2011/15 programme was £49 million. This allocation reflected the number and quality of bids received.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4808 more like this
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less than 2015-02-20T10:59:24.663Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-20T10:59:24.663Z
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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 date less than 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 the Homes and Communities Agency decided to exclude bids for Traveller sites within the Green Belt from consideration under their affordable homes programme for 2015–18, while including bids for housing; and what assessment they made of the implications of human rights and equality law in reaching that decision. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL4810 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-24more like thismore than 2015-02-24
star this property answer text <p>The Homes and Communities Agency’s prospectus for our affordable housing programme makes clear that “we do not expect to receive bids for schemes on Green Belt land or other land with special environmental protections”, and this applies across all forms of accommodation, not just traveller sites.</p><p>The Government has a planning policy which seeks to safeguard Green Belt protection; consequently, we have intentionally aligned our housing policy to ensure it is consistent.</p><p>The Homes and Communities Agency fully considers its obligations under equality and human rights law.</p><p>We believe that planning rules should be applied fairly and consistently. The perception that certain groups are given ‘special treatment’ in the planning system creates community tensions, harming the cause of equality.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-02-24T12:58:29.383Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-24T12:58:29.383Z
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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 registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-09more like thismore than 2015-03-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 how they are complying with the ruling of the High Court in the case of Moore and Coates [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin), which found that the practice of recovering all appeals relating to planning applications by Travellers in the Green Belt was declared unlawful. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL5535 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
star this property answer text <p>The Government is considering their position in the light of the Judgment of Moore &amp; Coates and will respond in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T12:11:31.607Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T12:11:31.607Z
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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 date less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Travellers: Caravan Sites 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 when they began the administrative review of the recovery decisions involving Traveller sites in the Green Belt; what criteria are being applied for the review; and when the review is likely to be published. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL5936 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
star this property answer text <p>This Government continues to attach great importance to safeguarding the Green Belt. It will address concerns about the harm caused when there is unauthorised development of land in advance of obtaining planning permission and there is no opportunity to appropriately limit or mitigate the harm that has already taken place. For these reasons, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will introduce a new planning and recovery policy for the Green Belt early in the new Parliament to strength protection against unauthorised development. This new policy will apply to all development within the Green Belt. In the meantime he has also decided to de-recover those cases of appeals for Traveller development in the Green Belt on which a substantive decision has not been reached. These will be remitted back to the Planning Inspectorate and, where appropriate, we will re-assess them in light of the new recovery policy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-03-26T14:48:00.937Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T14:48:00.937Z
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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 date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
unstar 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 Wind Power: Planning Permission 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 how many applications for planning permission for land-based wind turbines were refused by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the most recent 12 months for which information is available; and how such decisions are reconciled with (1) their policy of localism, and (2) the United Kingdom's commitment to carbon reduction. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2193 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
star this property answer text <p>I have interpreted this question as asking about planning applications which have been called-in for decision by the Secretary of State (as opposed to decisions on appeals).</p><p><br></p><p>No planning applications for onshore wind turbines called-in within the last 12 months have been refused.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T13:14:05.3593357Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T13:14:05.3593357Z
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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 date less than 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar 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 Castes: Discrimination 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 compatibility of their decision to delay the publication of their feasibility study regarding establishing baseline data to evaluate the effectiveness of caste legislation with their commitment to open government. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3663 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
star this property answer text <p>This Government has been giving consideration to the legal position on caste discrimination in light of the <em>Tirkey v Chandhok</em> Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment which suggests there is an existing legal remedy for claims of caste-associated discrimination under the ‘ethnic origins’ element of Section 9 of the Equality Act 2010.</p><p>Our consideration of the research report commissioned by the coalition Government, designed to determine the feasibility of conducting a national survey to quantify the extent of caste discrimination in Britain, is part of this process.</p><p>We remain mindful of the Open Government Action Plan published by the Coalition Government in 2013, to the extent that this concerns the results of commissioned research.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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HL3664 more like this
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less than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.637Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.637Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
429180
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
star this property answering body
Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar 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 Castes: Discrimination 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 assessment they have made of whether it is now possible to establish baseline data that could be used to determine whether the law on caste discrimination is working effectively. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3664 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 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
star this property answer text <p>This Government has been giving consideration to the legal position on caste discrimination in light of the <em>Tirkey v Chandhok</em> Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment which suggests there is an existing legal remedy for claims of caste-associated discrimination under the ‘ethnic origins’ element of Section 9 of the Equality Act 2010.</p><p>Our consideration of the research report commissioned by the coalition Government, designed to determine the feasibility of conducting a national survey to quantify the extent of caste discrimination in Britain, is part of this process.</p><p>We remain mindful of the Open Government Action Plan published by the Coalition Government in 2013, to the extent that this concerns the results of commissioned research.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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HL3663 more like this
HL3665 more like this
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less than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.713Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.713Z
star this property answering member
4311
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
429181
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-18more like thismore than 2015-11-18
star this property answering body
Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar 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 Castes: Discrimination more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to whether amending the Equality Act 2010 to include the word "caste" would change or clarify the legal position, given the provisions already in place in section 9(5)(a) of that Act. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3665 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 2015-11-30more like thismore than 2015-11-30
star this property answer text <p>This Government has been giving consideration to the legal position on caste discrimination in light of the <em>Tirkey v Chandhok</em> Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment which suggests there is an existing legal remedy for claims of caste-associated discrimination under the ‘ethnic origins’ element of Section 9 of the Equality Act 2010.</p><p>Our consideration of the research report commissioned by the coalition Government, designed to determine the feasibility of conducting a national survey to quantify the extent of caste discrimination in Britain, is part of this process.</p><p>We remain mindful of the Open Government Action Plan published by the Coalition Government in 2013, to the extent that this concerns the results of commissioned research.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL3663 more like this
HL3664 more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.793Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.793Z
star this property answering member
4311
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
49860
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
star this property answering body
Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why data on the presence of asbestos were not covered in the Property Data Survey Programme in United Kingdom schools; and what are their plans for removing any remaining asbestos from United Kingdom schools. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL6856 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 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p>The Property Data Survey gathers high-level condition data across the state-funded educational estate in England only. The surveyors employed on the programme are general building surveyors and they perform a visual, non-intrusive survey. In comparison, considerably more detailed surveys are required to assess asbestos and that is why asbestos is not included as part of the Property Data Survey.</p><p>The Department for Education does not have a programme for the phased removal of all asbestos from schools in England. Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations, the employer - either the school or local authority - has clear responsibilities to manage asbestos containing materials in schools safely. The advice from the Health and Safety Executive is that it is safer to leave undisturbed or undamaged asbestos in place and to carefully manage it rather than to risk disturbing or damaging asbestos unnecessarily. If asbestos is managed effectively, as required by the regulations, the safest and most effective way to plan for its removal is when existing buildings are refurbished or replaced.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
star this property answering member
4270
star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
164480
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisoners: Bahrain more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports the Chief Inspector of Prisons has received about deaths in custody in Bahrain in the course of his or his staff’s dealings with that country; and, in particular, whether he has received any reports about the death of Hassan Majeed al-Sheikh in Jaw prison on 6 November. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3073 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 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answer text <p>The Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) conducts no inspections in Bahrain itself and receives no privileged information about custodial facilities. HMIP is however engaged in a project to help establish and promote independent human rights based inspection of Bahraini custodial facilities. This is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office sponsored project and has been developed in liaison with international human rights bodies. A new Bahraini prisoner and detainee rights commission (PDRC) has been formed and HMIP has provided training to its staff in both the UK and Bahrain and has hosted visits from its staff on inspections in the UK. The PDRC is in the early stages of its work. Most places of custody, including Jaw Prison, have not yet been inspected. HMIP has no information about the death of Hassan Majeed al-Sheikh other than what has been reported in the media.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T15:12:22.517Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T15:12:22.517Z
star this property answering member
4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
167203
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Repairs and Maintenance 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 court cases have been brought by parochial church councils to recover chancel repair liability since the Aston Cantlow judgment by the House of Lords in 2003. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3304 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 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answer text <p>The decision of the House of Lords in the case of <em>Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley, Warwickshire v. Wallbank and another </em>[2003] UKHL 37 confirmed that chancel repair liability was a valid and enforceable property right. Before 13 October 2013 the liability did not have to be entered on the land register to bind buyers of registered land. Now buyers can be certain whether a property may be subject to the liability before they buy, helping them to make informed decisions.</p><p> </p><p>Information as to the number of cases parochial church councils have brought since June 2003 to recover chancel repair liability is not available and could only be obtained from court records at disproportionate expense. The Government is however aware that not all parochial church councils decided to register their entitlement to the benefit of the liability.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-12-16T17:09:44.183Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-16T17:09:44.183Z
star this property answering member
4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
419382
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Registration of Burials Act 1864 more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Ministry of Justice last reviewed the provisions of the Registration of Burials Act 1864 under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2313 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 2015-10-02more like thismore than 2015-10-02
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Ministry of Justice does not exercise any functions under the provisions of the Registration of Burials Act 1864 and has not therefore undertaken such a review. Should the Government amend the Act in the future, however, it would have to take account of the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-10-02T14:51:52.673Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-02T14:51:52.673Z
star this property answering member
4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
79164
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading UN Convention against Torture more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states other than the United Kingdom which have ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment have failed to declare acceptance of the right of individual petition under Article 22 of the Convention. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL1325 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 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
star this property answer text <p>According to the United Nations’ website (<a href="http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx" target="_blank">http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx</a> - accessed on 23 July 2014) on the ratification status of the Convention, 65 States (out of 155 States Parties to the Convention) accepted the right of individual petition under Article 22; this suggests that 90 States, listed on the website, have not yet done so. The UK is committed to a strong and effective international human rights system and we are state party to a number of international human rights treaties including the UN Convention Against Torture. The UK Government however remains to be convinced of the added practical value to people in the UK of rights of individual petitions to the UN, considering that the UK has strong and effective laws under which individuals may seek remedies in the courts or in tribunals if they feel that their rights have been breached. To date, the UK's experience under the two optional protocols it has ratified (in 2004 to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and in 2009 to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) has not provided sufficient empirical evidence to establish the practical benefits of becoming a State Party to a further individual petition mechanism to the UN.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL1327 more like this
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less than 2014-07-28T11:55:23.4342556Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T11:55:23.4342556Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
79165
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading UN Convention against Torture more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken or propose to take to remedy the shortcomings identified by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in the United Kingdom’s compliance with the United Nations Convention against Torture in May 2013 in relation to (1) the alleged torture of Tamil returnees from the United Kingdom, (2) the lack of accountability in respect of allegations of United Kingdom complicity in torture abroad, (3) the detention of torture survivors in the Detained Fast Track System, (4) the lowering of the evidential threshold before a suspected torture survivor is deemed unsuitable for the Detained Fast Track System, (5) the application of Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules, (6) the exemption in section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 which provides a defence of lawful authority, justification or excuse to a charge of official intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, and (7) its concerns about section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 which provides immunity to intelligence officers once a warrant has been signed by a government minister giving them lawful authority.
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL1326 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 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government does not engage in torture, or solicit, encourage or condone its use, and works closely with its international partners to prevent torture occurring anywhere in the world. As requested by the Committee Against Torture, the UK Government submitted, on 31 May 2014, follow up information (available at <a href="http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/human-rights/cat-300520140-uk-follow-up-information.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/human-rights/cat-300520140-uk-follow-up-information.pdf</a>) on issues raised by the Committee during the examination of the UK in May 2013. At the Committee’s request, the UK Government will provide its 6<sup>th</sup> periodic report under the Convention Against Torture, addressing the Committee’s list of issues, in May 2017.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2014-07-28T12:00:34.2046345Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T12:00:34.2046345Z
star this property answering member
4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
79166
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading UN Convention against Torture more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will allow the right of individual petition under Article 22 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL1327 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 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
star this property answer text <p>According to the United Nations’ website (<a href="http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx" target="_blank">http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx</a> - accessed on 23 July 2014) on the ratification status of the Convention, 65 States (out of 155 States Parties to the Convention) accepted the right of individual petition under Article 22; this suggests that 90 States, listed on the website, have not yet done so. The UK is committed to a strong and effective international human rights system and we are state party to a number of international human rights treaties including the UN Convention Against Torture. The UK Government however remains to be convinced of the added practical value to people in the UK of rights of individual petitions to the UN, considering that the UK has strong and effective laws under which individuals may seek remedies in the courts or in tribunals if they feel that their rights have been breached. To date, the UK's experience under the two optional protocols it has ratified (in 2004 to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and in 2009 to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) has not provided sufficient empirical evidence to establish the practical benefits of becoming a State Party to a further individual petition mechanism to the UN.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL1325 more like this
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less than 2014-07-28T11:55:24.1723948Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T11:55:24.1723948Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
170844
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Peers 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 nominations for peerages by each political party have been blocked by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in each of the Parliaments since its formation in 2000. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3791 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 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
star this property answer text <p>The government does not hold information on nominations blocked by the House of Lords Appointments Commission. This is a matter for the House of Lords Appointment Commission who are an independent, advisory, non-departmental public body.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2015-01-26T17:39:49.123Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-26T17:39:49.123Z
star this property answering member
1816
star this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
170930
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
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The Lord Chairman of Committees more like this
star this property answering dept id 200 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Chairman of Committees (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Catering more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been (1) the expenditure, and (2) the profit or deficit, for the years 2012–13 and 2013–14 of each catering outlet in the House of Lords. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL3837 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 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
star this property answer text <p>The turnover, expenditure and profit or loss of each Catering and Retail Service outlet in 2012-13 and 2013-14 are set out in the tables below.</p><p> </p><p><strong>2012-13</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Outlet</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Turnover (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Expenditure (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Profit/loss (£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Peers' Dining Room</p></td><td><p>491,364</p></td><td><p>1,308,224</p></td><td><p>-816,860</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Barry Room</p></td><td><p>238,267</p></td><td><p>498,307</p></td><td><p>-260,040</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Home Room</p></td><td><p>44,838</p></td><td><p>182,122</p></td><td><p>-137,284</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>River Restaurant</p></td><td><p>257,041</p></td><td><p>689,116</p></td><td><p>-432,075</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bishops Bar</p></td><td><p>51,399</p></td><td><p>111,197</p></td><td><p>-59,798</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Peers Guest Room</p></td><td><p>59,952</p></td><td><p>56,524</p></td><td><p>3,428</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lords Bar</p></td><td><p>99,612</p></td><td><p>130,914</p></td><td><p>-31,302</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Millbank House</p></td><td><p>90,139</p></td><td><p>205,036</p></td><td><p>-114,897</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>2013-14</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Outlet</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Turnover (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Expenditure (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Profit/loss (£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Peers' Dining Room</p></td><td><p>554,236</p></td><td><p>1,441,232</p></td><td><p>-886,996</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Barry Room</p></td><td><p>204,882</p></td><td><p>466,362</p></td><td><p>-261,480</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Home Room</p></td><td><p>29,503</p></td><td><p>163,502</p></td><td><p>-133,999</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>River Restaurant</p></td><td><p>258,457</p></td><td><p>703,978</p></td><td><p>-445,521</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bishops Bar</p></td><td><p>60,090</p></td><td><p>125,399</p></td><td><p>-65,310</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Peers Guest Room</p></td><td><p>60,045</p></td><td><p>75,335</p></td><td><p>-15,290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lords Bar</p></td><td><p>106,561</p></td><td><p>102,746</p></td><td><p>3,815</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Millbank House</p></td><td><p>91,430</p></td><td><p>240,236</p></td><td><p>-148,806</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Sewel more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-01-06T14:28:32.827Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-06T14:28:32.827Z
star this property answering member
2124
star this property label Biography information for Lord Sewel more like this
star this property tabling member
1665
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Avebury remove filter
420484
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
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The Lord Chairman of Committees more like this
star this property answering dept id 200 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name
star this property answering dept sort name Chairman of Committees (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Catering more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans he has to end the subsidy for catering services in the House of Lords. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL2459 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-21more like thismore than 2015-10-21
star this property answer text <p>Catering and Retail Services seek to provide an appropriate level of service to support an active and busy parliamentary chamber, and to provide excellent value to the taxpayer. The catering subsidy has been reduced by 32% since 2007 and we are working hard to reduce it further through an ambitious Change Programme.</p><p>The unpredictable nature of parliamentary business – in terms of sitting days, recesses, the length of each sitting, and the level of attendance at the House for each sitting – means that staffing costs and wastage are higher than would be the case in purely commercial catering outlets. This makes an operating loss extremely difficult to avoid.</p><p>Furthermore, catering facilities are used by a wide range of people, not just Members. Venues such as the River Restaurant and Millbank House cafeteria are mainly intended to provide facilities for staff and other users such as the Metropolitan Police, contractors and others working on the Parliamentary Estate. It is good practice for large employers to provide cafeteria facilities for staff, particularly for organisations that operate outside normal office hours as is the case in the House of Lords. We pay all catering staff at least the London Living Wage and provide them with workplace pensions. We are proud to do so but it means our costs are higher than some commercial restaurants.</p><p>Given these factors, some element of tax-payer funding is appropriate, but the Administration is vigilant to ensure that public money is stewarded responsibly. Catering and Retail Services are also exploring novel ways to generate income in quieter times, such as opening the Peers’ Dining Room to the public in longer recesses. This helps to reduce the overall cost of the refreshment service to the tax payer, and so the subsidy.</p>
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