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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-07-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty 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 define (1) poverty, and (2) absolute poverty; and how many households in each constituent nation of the United Kingdom are currently considered to be living in (1) poverty, and (2) absolute poverty. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL767 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>Due to its length I have placed a copy of my response in the House Library.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-07-28T11:48:26.4104217Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T11:48:26.4104217Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
50280
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions 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 staff were employed at Jobcentre Plus in each year from 2005 to 2013. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6998 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 2014-05-13more like thismore than 2014-05-13
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The total number of staff employed by Jobcentre Plus in March of each year from 2005 to 2011 is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Jobcentre Plus Staffing (Full Time Equivalents)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2004/2005</p></td><td><p>73,406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005/2006</p></td><td><p>71,222</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006/2007</p></td><td><p>67,946</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007/2008</p></td><td><p>66,416</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008/2009</p></td><td><p>69,479</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/2010</p></td><td><p>82,647</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/2011</p></td><td><p>72,939</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Jobcentre Plus was re-structured and absorbed into a revised Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Operations structure in October 2011. Since that point, it has no longer existed as a separate organisation.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
61273
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
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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 Verne Prison 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 steps they are taking to make legal aid-funded immigration representation available to migrants detained in HMP The Verne. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL233 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 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>Currently, advice on immigration matters within the scope of Legal Aid can be given to detainees in HMP The Verne by any provider that holds an Immigration &amp; Asylum contract with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).</p><p> </p><p>Earlier this year the LAA conducted an expression of interest exercise among existing contract holders providing immigration surgeries at other Immigration Removal Centres, with four providers confirmed as interested in operating surgeries in HMP The Verne. Communications will be issued shortly regarding when these services are likely to commence.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-06-24T13:23:06.7067289Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-24T13:23:06.7067289Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
61274
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
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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 Verne Prison more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their intention for on-site legal surgeries be held in HMP The Verne. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL234 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 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>Earlier this year the Legal Aid Agency conducted an expression of interest exercise among existing contract holders providing immigration surgeries at other Immigration Removal Centres, with four providers confirmed as interested in operating surgeries in HMP The Verne. Communications will be issued shortly regarding when these services are likely to commence.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-06-24T13:25:33.4394277Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-24T13:25:33.4394277Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
47870
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-09more like thismore than 2014-04-09
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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 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 Faulks on 7 April (WA 249), in the light of HM Prison The Verne being used to take immigration detainees exclusively and the number of persons held under Immigration Act powers within HM Prisons, what plans they have to extend Rule 35 to the prison estate by an amendment to the Prison Rules; and, if there are no such plans, how a prison doctor's concerns that a prisoner may be a victim of torture may be made known to the Secretary of State for the Home Department. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6812 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 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Prison Rule 21 provides that a medical practitioner shall report to the governor on the case of any person whose health is likely to be injuriously affected by continued imprisonment or any conditions of imprisonment. The governor is required to send any such reports to the Secretary of State. Although Prison Rule 21 does not replicate Detention Centre Rule 35 it performs a similar function. We therefore have no plans to amend Prison Rules in this case.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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3691
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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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 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 Faulks on 7 April (WA 249), whether they have set a fixed date in September 2014 by which HM Prison The Verne will be re-designated to an immigration removal centre; if not, why not; and what action they will take if the re-designation has not been completed by the agreed date. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6731 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 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>HMP The Verne started taking immigration detainees as scheduled from 24 March 2014.</p><p> </p><p>Our current plans remain that by the end of September 2014, at the latest, HMP The Verne will be re-designated to an immigration removal centre</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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3691
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44584
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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 house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether migrants detained in HM Prison The Verne from 24 March will have access to (1) Rule 35 procedures to determine whether their health would be damaged by detention, for example, due to a history of torture, (2) mobile telephones and the internet, (3) the ability to receive telephone calls from solicitors, family and friends, and (4) on-site legal advice surgeries; and if not, why not. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6241 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>HM Prison The Verne started taking immigration detainees as scheduled from 24 March 2014. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will retain The Verne as a prison in the short term. Its designation as a prison will be reviewed later this year, with the intention of completing the re-designation to an immigration removal centre by the end of September 2014.</p><p> </p><p>While The Verne retains its designation as a prison it will be governed by Prison Rules rather than Detention Centre Rules. As The Verne is not governed by Detention Centre Rules, Rule 35 of those rules is not applicable.</p><p> </p><p>Detainees held at The Verne will be treated in the same way as other detainees held within the prison estate. As such they will not have access to mobile telephones or the internet, nor will they be able to receive telephone calls. They will, however, be able to make telephone calls and will have access to both social and legal visits.</p><p> </p><p>There is a dedicated Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team on site who will see detainees routinely on induction and upon request. In addition, independent immigration advice will be provided by Migrant Help.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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3691
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61272
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
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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 Overseas Aid 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 which countries currently receive United Kingdom international aid; and how much was paid to each of those countries in (1) 1995, (2) 2000, (3) 2005, (4) 2010, and (5) 2013. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL232 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 2014-06-19more like thismore than 2014-06-19
star this property answer text <p>Information on the countries currently receiving United Kingdom international aid; and how much was paid to each of those countries in (1) 1995, (2) 2000, (3) 2005, (4) 2010 has been placed in the House of Lords library. Figures for 2013 are currently being compiled and will be published in Statistics on International Development in October 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2014-06-19T14:02:04.5924169Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-19T14:02:04.5924169Z
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2539
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
65239
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-07-02
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre 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 the appropriateness of the current number of female officers employed by Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL769 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-09more like thismore than 2014-07-09
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Home Office and its service providers comply with all relevant employment legislation. The service provider for Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre (IRC), Serco, is required under their contract to employ sufficient female officers to enable appropriate searching and security arrangements for female detainees. <br><br>Yarl's Wood IRC has 52% male detainee custody officers (DCOs) and 48% female DCOs. A new recruitment drive is underway, with a review of how flexible and family friendly hours might be enhanced to attract more women recruits as well as devising recruitment campaigns that target female audiences. <br><br>Assessment Care in Detention and Teamwork (ACDT) is the system used for monitoring individuals considered to be at risk of self harm and is operated across the detention estate. <br><br>ACDT is a care planning system whereby staff from all areas work together to create a safe and caring environment and provide individual care to detainees.<br><br>All incidents of self harm are treated very seriously and every step is taken to prevent incidents of this nature. Staff at all centres are trained to <br>identify those at risk of self harm so that action can be taken to minimise the risk. Notices in various languages are displayed in IRCs setting out that, where there is a concern about a fellow detainee, this should be brought to the attention of a member of staff. Formal risk assessments on initial detention and systems for raising concerns at any subsequent point feed into established self harm procedures in every IRC, which are in turn underpinned by the Home Office Operating Standard on the Prevention of Self-Harm ACDT requires centre managers to appoint trained assessors and named case managers to provide individualised care to detainees based on their particular needs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL770 more like this
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less than 2014-07-09T12:54:25.7169238Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-09T12:54:25.7169238Z
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3787
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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3691
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65240
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-07-02
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to ensure that women in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre who are on suicide watch are only supervised by female officers; and if so, what steps are being taken. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL770 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-09more like thismore than 2014-07-09
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Home Office and its service providers comply with all relevant employment legislation. The service provider for Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre (IRC), Serco, is required under their contract to employ sufficient female officers to enable appropriate searching and security arrangements for female detainees. <br><br>Yarl's Wood IRC has 52% male detainee custody officers (DCOs) and 48% female DCOs. A new recruitment drive is underway, with a review of how flexible and family friendly hours might be enhanced to attract more women recruits as well as devising recruitment campaigns that target female audiences. <br><br>Assessment Care in Detention and Teamwork (ACDT) is the system used for monitoring individuals considered to be at risk of self harm and is operated across the detention estate. <br><br>ACDT is a care planning system whereby staff from all areas work together to create a safe and caring environment and provide individual care to detainees.<br><br>All incidents of self harm are treated very seriously and every step is taken to prevent incidents of this nature. Staff at all centres are trained to <br>identify those at risk of self harm so that action can be taken to minimise the risk. Notices in various languages are displayed in IRCs setting out that, where there is a concern about a fellow detainee, this should be brought to the attention of a member of staff. Formal risk assessments on initial detention and systems for raising concerns at any subsequent point feed into established self harm procedures in every IRC, which are in turn underpinned by the Home Office Operating Standard on the Prevention of Self-Harm ACDT requires centre managers to appoint trained assessors and named case managers to provide individualised care to detainees based on their particular needs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL769 more like this
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less than 2014-07-09T12:54:26.4630284Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-09T12:54:26.4630284Z
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3787
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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3691
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61275
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Detention Centres 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 consideration they gave to (1) the death of detainee Christine Case, and (2) allegations of sexual assault, at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in permitting Serco to retender to run that facility; and whether they will disclose the tender documents submitted by all applicants who entered bids to run (1) Harmondsworth, and (2) Colnbrook, Immigration Removal Centres. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL235 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I apologise it has not been possible to answer this question within the usual ten day deadline. I will write to the Noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Llandudno, before the summer recess and will place a copy of that letter in the House library.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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less than 2014-07-03T15:29:58.6120413Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T15:29:58.6120413Z
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3787
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
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Home Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Deportation: Somalia 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 intend to continue enforced removals to Mogadishu, Somalia, pending the publication of an official decision on the country guidance case and an official statement by the Home Secretary; and, if so, why. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL236 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-23more like thismore than 2014-06-23
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>There are no existing court judgments that have found that all removals to Somalia are unsafe or should be suspended. An existing country guidance judgment promulgated in November 2011 recognised that many but not all Somalis returning to the country after a significant time abroad would be at risk on return. However, the determination also recognised that the country situation was improving and each case needed to be considered on its individual merits. <br><br>We are awaiting a country guidance determination on the country situation in Somalia. However, the High Court has previously ruled that automatic stays on removal simply because a country guidance case is pending are not necessary. A stay of removal is at the discretion of the courts in each particular case and on its own facts. <br><br>We will continue to assess each case on its individual merits against the latest country information and existing, relevant caselaw. <br><br>We will only enforce the return of Somali nationals who we, and the courts, are satisfied are not at risk on return and who do not elect to leave voluntarily.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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less than 2014-06-23T12:57:35.8613212Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-23T12:57:35.8613212Z
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3787
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property 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 decide which retailers can be accessed using the Azure prepayment card given to asylum seekers. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6997 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Azure card is provided to failed asylum seekers supported under the provisions of section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. <br><br>Any retail outlet that provides food and other essential living items and accepts visa transactions can apply to join the Azure card scheme.<br><br>The card is currently accepted by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, the Co-operative, Boots, Peacocks, Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, The British Red Cross, The Salvation Army and a few small independent retailers. There are ongoing discussions with other outlets that may be interested in joining the scheme.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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3787
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property 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 analysis they have made of the report Cedars: two years on by Barnardo's; and what plans they have to implement the recommendations made in that report. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL6877 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Home Office welcomes Barnardo's report which highlights the significant improvements that have been made to the family returns process, the reduction in the numbers of children held with their families for immigration purposes and the fact that the accommodation at Cedars is used as a last resort. <br><br>The Home Office is carefully considering the report and its recommendations. The recommendation for risk assessment for the use of personal protection clothing is already part of operational visit planning and changes to the contract with the escort supplier, Tascor, are underway to enable the creation of specialist escort teams for family moves.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
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star this property hansard heading Compass Contracts more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why they changed their contracting model for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers in danger of destitution. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The COMPASS (Commercial and Operational Managers Procuring Asylum Support Services) project procured in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2006. The commercial principles behind the COMPASS procurement included:<br><br>• A desire to manage demand for asylum accommodation services under a regional procurement model to create efficiency and quality from economies of scale<br>• Appointing financially secure suppliers able to respond with potentially significant fluctuations (increases and decreases) in demand<br>• Identifying suppliers with a proven track record and who would take the care of asylum seekers seriously<br>• Updating the contract performance regime to align with Government procurement and Home Office strategic objectives and in recognition of National Audit Office reports into the previous accommodation contracts</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
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Home Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office plans to re-examine its savings forecasts in the light of the additional costs incurred in the transition between contractors overseeing the Government's accommodation provision for destitute asylum seekers. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>COMPASS savings are directly linked to the number of people in asylum accommodation that changes continually. COMPASS savings are therefore monitored and reappraised against Home Office forecasts continually. The latest benefits review, carried out after the end of the 2013-14 financial year, indicates that savings for that year exceeded those profiled in the original business case and that the project remains on target to deliver £140m of financial benefits during its lifetime. Savings are being made despite the supported population increasing in line with <br>higher asylum intake.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-09more like thismore than 2014-04-09
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Home Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment issued on 9 April by Mr Justice Popplewell in Refugee Action v Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether they have any plans to establish an inquiry into the way asylum support rates are calculated. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government plans to review asylum support rates. That review will take account of the judgment and other information. The review will be completed by 9 August 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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Home Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) food, and (2) non-food, outlets are part of the azure card scheme; and whether they have plans to expand that list. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-15more like thismore than 2014-04-15
star this property answer text <p>The Azure Card is already accepted by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, the Co-operative, Boots, Peacocks, Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, The British Red Cross, The Salvation Army and a few small independent retailers. <br><br>There are ongoing discussions with other retail outlets who may be interested in joining the scheme.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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Home Office more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of asylum applications were granted (1) in the first instance, and (2) after some form of appeal, in each year since 2010. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-15more like thismore than 2014-04-15
star this property answer text <p>The table below shows the total number of asylum applications received in each year since 2010, and the proportion of asylum applicants in the first instance that were (1)(i) granted asylum, (ii) granted Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary Leave or Other Grants, and after some form of appeal were (2)(i) granted asylum, (ii) granted Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary Leave or Other Grants, as at May 2013 when the statistics were compiled.<br><br>Figures for 2013 will be published at the end of August 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="7"><strong>Proportion of asylum applicants granted (1) in the first instance and (2) after some form of appeal</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Year of application</strong></td><td><strong>Total main applicants</strong></td><td><strong>(1)(i)<br>% granted asylum in the first instance</strong></td><td><strong>(1)(ii)<br>% granted HP/DL/Other Grants in the first instance</strong></td><td><strong>(2)(i)<br>% granted asylum after appeal</strong></td><td><strong>(2)(ii)<br>% granted HP/DL/Other Grants after appeal</strong></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><strong>2010</strong></td><td><strong>17,916</strong></td><td>16.5</td><td>7.0</td><td>11.9</td><td>1.8</td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><strong>2011</strong></td><td><strong>19,865</strong></td><td>23.2</td><td>6.2</td><td>9.9</td><td>1.3</td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><strong>2012</strong></td><td><strong>21,843</strong></td><td>23.3</td><td>3.5</td><td>6.8</td><td>0.8</td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">Source: Table as_06 Outcome analysis of asylum applications, as at May 2013</td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2">HP Humanitarian Protection</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2">DL Discretionary Leave</td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6">The analysis of the outcomes of asylum applications are the recorded outcomes of the group (or cohort) of applicants in any one year, as at a particular time. A proportion of applications made in each of the years provided will be awaiting the outcome of an initial decision or an appeal. Applications from earlier years will inherently have had longer for the case to be processed than those from more recent years. This dataset is updated, in full, annually.</td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p>There are a large variety of routes that an asylum application can take to a final asylum outcome. As a consequence, analysis of the outcomes of asylum applications in any one year requires interpretation for a small percentage of cases. This interpretation is undertaken consistently by established computer code. The proportions and underlying figures for final outcomes of the analysis of applications for the group (or cohort) of applicants in any one year, are therefore estimated.</p><p>The Home Office publishes statistics on the outcome of asylum applications in Table as_06 (Asylum data tables Volume 1) of Immigration Statistics. The latest release Immigration Statistics October to December 2013 is available from:<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-october-to-december-2013" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-october-to-december-2013</a> and from the Library of the House.</p></td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Taylor of Holbeach more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-04more like thismore than 2014-06-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Pakistan more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent stonings in Pakistan; and what steps they will take to ensure that the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter are being upheld in that country. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), made a statement on 29 May urging the Government of Pakistan to do all in its power to eradicate honour killings and calling on the Pakistani authorities to investigate fully the murder of Farzana Parveen. We continue to urge the Pakistan government to bring the perpetrators to justice. I am pleased that Prime Minister Sharif condemned the murder and immediately demanded action.</p><p> </p><p>Pakistan is included as a “country of concern” in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Human Rights Report and we regularly raise the subject of human rights for all Pakistan's citizens with the Pakistani government. We continue to encourage Pakistan and all Commonwealth countries to uphold the values as set out in the Commonwealth Charter signed in 2012.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-04more like thismore than 2014-06-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading India more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent hangings in India; and what steps they will take to ensure that the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter are being upheld in that country. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-11more like thismore than 2014-06-11
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), expressed his concern about the recent gang rape and death of the two girls in Budaun on 28 May.</p><p>We are committed to working with the Government of India and international partners to address the problem of gender-based violence, human trafficking and child exploitation in India. Through the Department for International Development (DFID) programme, the UK supports measures in India's 120 poorest districts to promote the empowerment and access to benefits and services of excluded groups. DFID India also provides support to national and state governments in India which includes helping girls to complete basic education and further tackling violence against women and girls. We will continue with work with the government of India on this important issue, and continue to encourage all Commonwealth countries to uphold the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-06-11T15:54:55.7035169Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-11T15:54:55.7035169Z
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star this property date less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic or alternative measures are being taken to secure the release of the several hundred children abducted by Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-13more like thismore than 2014-05-13
star this property answer text <p>In the days following the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, we have offered our assistance to the highest levels of the Nigerian government. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), spoke to the Nigerian Foreign Minister on 18 April immediately after the abductions and offered the UK's assistance.</p><p>On 7 May the Prime Minister, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), spoke to President Jonathan and offered to send a team of UK experts to Abuja. The President accepted and the team, led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), arrived in Abuja on 9 May. The team will provide expertise in counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, military mentoring and training, victim support and economic development. Human rights compliance is, and will remain, an essential element of any UK assistance in Nigeria. The Minister for Africa, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds) visited Nigeria on 14 May, and reiterated our support with President Jonathan.</p><p>We are coordinating closely with international partners. An FCO team was in Washington on 5 May for talks with the US on Nigeria. Our expert team in Abuja will be coordinating closely with a US team also in Abuja. We are also speaking to the French and are encouraging other EU partners to lend their support. Given Boko Haram's exploitation of Nigeria's porous borders and indications that some of the girls may have been taken to Cameroon or Chad, we are engaging with Nigeria's neighbours.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent medical evaluation by Dr Emily Keram of the British Guantánamo Bay detainee, Shaker Aamer, whether they will make further representations to the government of the United States concerning Mr Aamer's release; and whether they intend to provide an amicus curiae brief in support of Mr Aamer's motion for release, as requested by his lawyers. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-25more like thismore than 2014-04-25
star this property answer text <p>Mr Aamer's case remains a high priority for the Government. We take Mr Aamer's welfare very seriously and continue to make clear to the US at the highest levels that we wish to secure his release, and return to the UK, as a matter of urgency. Most recently, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), raised Mr Aamer's case in a meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in February this year. We are currently considering Reprieve's request for the Government to provide an amicus curiae brief and will respond in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ensure that petrol filling stations are not too far apart. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
star this property answer text <p>DECC published a report from Deloitte LLP in December 2012, which considered long term changes to the retail market for road fuels in the UK, and the implications of these changes to our energy resilience. This market has changed significantly over the last decade. However, the findings of this report do not suggest that the changes to the size and shape of the retail market for road fuels have had significant impacts on the UK's ability to be able to respond to supply disruptions or that these have significantly reduced the access of UK motorists to a local supply of fuel. The report found that in 2011, 98% of postcode sectors had a petrol filling station within 10 minutes drive, and 92% had more than two within the same travel time.</p><p> </p><p>Decisions on the location of individual petrol filling stations are for local planning authorities.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how much United Kingdom public funding BAE Systems has received in each of the last five financial years. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property answer text <p>A summary of the total amount of direct Ministry of Defence (MOD) payments for equipment and services attributed to BAE Systems companies for each of the last five financial years is as follows:</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Expenditure with BAE Systems</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Total Payments</p><p>(£ million)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>3,907</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>3,263</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>3,324</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>3,378</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>To be published on 14 August on Gov.uk in the MOD's Finance Bulletin 1.01 – Trade, Industry &amp; Contracts 2014</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>This analysis is based on payments made centrally by the MOD (some 95% of all payments). It does not therefore include payments made on behalf of other Government Departments, by the MOD's trading funds and Executive non-departmental public bodies, locally by the Department, through third parties such as prime contractors or other Government Departments, in relation to collaborative projects where the payments are made through international procurement agencies or overseas Governments or by Government Procurement Card.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Astor of Hever more like this
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less than 2014-07-16T17:03:01.9404552Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-16T17:03:01.9404552Z
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star this property date less than 2014-06-18more like thismore than 2014-06-18
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place to ensure that members of the armed forces posted overseas receive, and are able to post, postal ballot papers; and whether any members of the armed forces have complained as a result of not being able to do so in each of the last ten years. more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Well established processes are in place to ensure that members of the Armed Forces posted overseas are able to vote in all those elections for which they are eligible. <br><br>The MOD runs an annual information campaign on Electoral Registration which sets out the options for Armed Forces personnel and their families to register to vote. Where Armed Forces personnel are to be posted overseas they are encouraged to appoint a proxy as this removes any doubt about whether a postal vote can be received and returned in time before polls close. Some personnel prefer to cast their own vote and the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 has extended the electoral timetable so that Returning Officers are able to send postal ballot papers out earlier than previously allowed. This will give Armed Forces Personnel more time to receive and return their ballots if they have chosen this option. <br><br>The MOD continues to work with the Electoral Commission and the British Forces Post Office, as it has done for previous elections, to ensure that postal ballot papers are identified and quickly processed through the mail system where operationally possible. <br><br>Information about complaints related to an inability to vote whilst overseas for the last ten years is not held centrally.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Astor of Hever more like this
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