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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
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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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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 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 thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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178660
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 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 is ministerial correction false more like this
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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25277
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 is ministerial correction false more like this
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 registered interest false more like this
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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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 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 is ministerial correction false more like this
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 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 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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HL3664 more like this
HL3665 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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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
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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 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
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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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
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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 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
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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
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HL3663 more like this
HL3664 more like this
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less than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.793Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-30T17:18:34.793Z
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4311
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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419382
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star this property date less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
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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
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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 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
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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
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less than 2015-10-02T14:51:52.673Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-02T14:51:52.673Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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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
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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
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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
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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>
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2015-10-21T15:32:12.92Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-21T15:32:12.92Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar 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 Darfur: Internally Displaced People 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 information they have about (1) the levels of malnutrition and disease among children in each of the camps for internally displaced people in Darfur, and (2) the plans of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to deal with those problems. more like this
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Lord Avebury more like this
star this property uin HL1873 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-21more like thismore than 2015-09-21
star this property answer text <p>The executive summary of the comprehensive survey undertaken by UNICEF of nutrition and health indicators in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, funded by DFID at the end of 2013, is available online. This survey confirms that overall levels of nutrition and health in Darfur IDP camps continue to be of concern, for example 44% of children in Zamzam camp in North Darfur were recorded as suffering from stunting. Indicators for camps in North and Central Darfur are generally worse than camps in other areas; however the health and nutrition situation for IDPs located in camps tends to be better than the situation for resident and displaced populations in other parts of Darfur located outside of camps. A follow up survey, to be partially funded by DFID, is planned to take place in mid-2016.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has played a central role in developing the Sudan 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan which aims to address the humanitarian needs of up to 5.4 million vulnerable people in Darfur and other parts of Sudan and appeals for funding of £650 million to achieve this. In line with agreed strategic objectives, OCHA coordinates the activities of in country partners, including other UN agencies and national and international non-governmental organisations and allocates funding received through the appeal to humanitarian projects across Sudan, such as those to tackle disease and malnutrition. DFID is the third largest humanitarian donor in support of this appeal.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2015-09-21T15:09:42.45Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-21T15:09:42.45Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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