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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Employment Agencies more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 222527 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 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The department has used employment or recruitment agencies to:</p><p> </p><p>a) provide services for DWP under a commercial arrangement (contingent labour), and</p><p>b) support recruitment exercises; identifying people with the skills and experience required to take up permanent employment in the department.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Information held by the department on the use of employment or recruitment agencies to provide contingent labour workers is incomplete for 2014. The following table provides information for the preceding 4 years and a partial view for 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Headcount</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>276</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>159</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>249</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>111</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>63</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The department also has information on the number of permanent DWP employees recruited through the use of employment or recruitment agencies and this is as follows:-</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Headcount</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>19</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15¹</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Note:</p><p>¹ To date</p>
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2015-02-04T17:16:41.367Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-04T17:16:41.367Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-02more like thismore than 2015-11-02
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions: Small Businesses more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department has given to micro-businesses in adapting to new automatic enrolment pension schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 14316 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 2015-11-05more like thismore than 2015-11-05
star this property answer text <p>We are committed to supporting small and micro-businesses to adapt to their new automatic enrolment duties. Together with The Pensions Regulator, we have launched a new broadcast-led communications campaign to raise awareness of automatic enrolment amongst small employers.</p><p>The Pensions Regulator has also recently launched a new interactive and simplified online step by step guide to automatic enrolment, designed to meet the specific needs of employers who may not have pensions experience, including those with just one or two staff. Employers using the website can access tailored information relevant to their circumstances. The Pensions Regulator also provides online content for business advisers who play an important role in supporting smaller employers to meet their legal duties. To raise awareness and understanding, the Regulator has had over 500 meetings with intermediary firms and spoken at over 300 events around the UK during the last year</p><p>The Regulator sends a series of letters to every employer starting at least 12 months before their staging date, which is the date that the law applies to them. These letters set out what an employer needs to do and by when to comply with the law and signposts to the relevant information on the Regulator’s website.</p><p>To help employers adjust to the costs of automatic enrolment the minimum employer contribution level starts at 1% and increases gradually to 3% by October 2018. In addition, to ensure that all firms have access to quality, low-cost pension provision, The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) was established by the Government and has a public service obligation to accept any employer that chooses NEST for automatic enrolment.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 14445 more like this
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less than 2015-11-05T15:05:46.257Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-05T15:05:46.257Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-02more like thismore than 2015-11-02
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions: Small Businesses more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his proposals for automatic enrolment of employees in pension schemes on businesses with fewer than 10 employees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 14313 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 2015-11-05more like thismore than 2015-11-05
star this property answer text <p>In 2010 the independent Making Automatic Enrolment Work (MAEW) review considered the impact of automatic enrolment on small and micro businesses. DWP’s impact assessments and on-going evaluation of Automatic Enrolment continue to monitor the costs and benefits of automatic enrolment on small businesses, including those with fewer than 10 employees.</p><br /><p>DWP’s evaluation reports and impact assessments are all available online.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2015-11-05T14:06:41.217Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-05T14:06:41.217Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4061
unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Employment: Hearing Impairment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides for businesses to assist with the employment of staff with a hearing impairment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 6457 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 2017-09-06more like thismore than 2017-09-06
star this property answer text <p>The Department does not provide such support direct to businesses, but for individuals whose health or disability affects the way they do their job who are in work, or just about to enter work, Access to Work provides practical and financial support with additional costs.</p><p> </p><p>The type of support is tailored to an individual’s needs and can include travel to work, support workers and specialist aids and equipment for the individual, as well as advice for employers and awareness raising sessions for their staff.</p><p> </p><p>Access to Work does not replace the duty an employer has under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments. Instead it provides support that is over and above that which is a reasonable adjustment.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the new Disability Confident scheme, launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work in November 2016, works with employers to create a movement for change, by encouraging them to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers. This involves business talking to business, with disability confident employers sharing their evidence and experiences with other employers.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
star this property answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
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less than 2017-09-06T10:58:28.303Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-06T10:58:28.303Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-06more like thismore than 2017-09-06
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Sign Language more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b) correspondence in BSL to people whose principal language is BSL. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 9013 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 2017-09-15more like thismore than 2017-09-15
star this property answer text <p>a) The Department is obliged to anticipate the communication needs of any customer who would otherwise be placed at substantial disadvantage and to put in place an alternative format of communication which will meet the customer’s needs. The Department is currently only able to provide general information on GOV.UK regarding its services. We are able to provide services in BSL when requested by our customers.</p><p> </p><p>b) DWP customers who have a specific communication barrier are able to use a variety of communication methods including home visits, phone calls and online services as well as written communications. Once we have established that a customer uses BSL as their principal form of communication with the Department, all future correspondence with that customer will be arranged in this form, without the need for repeated requests. Where necessary the department provides British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters or non-spoken language interpreters, using contracted providers for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. Video relay service (VRS) is also being trialed through the call centres for Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Access to Work, as well as by the Access to Work advisers in the Hearing Loss Team. VRS allows users to make BSL interpreted video calls via their tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop. A professional interpreter then relays the call in English to a member of DWP staff.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2017-09-15T11:27:36.977Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-15T11:27:36.977Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-16more like thismore than 2017-10-16
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Telephone Services more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Sefton Central of 12 October 2017 to the Leader of the House, Official Report, column 469, if he will remove the charge for telephone calls to his Department on universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 107750 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-19more like thismore than 2017-10-19
star this property answer text <p>As announced by the Secretary of State at the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 18 October 2017, DWP plans to change the Universal Credit helpline to a freephone number over the next month.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 107919 more like this
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less than 2017-10-19T14:07:33.79Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-19T14:07:33.79Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on continuing his Department's Your Simple Payment account service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 112747 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-16more like thismore than 2017-11-16
star this property answer text <p>The Simple Payment service contract with Citibank is due to end in March 2018. We are actively encouraging customers to use an existing bank account or to provide new bank, building society or credit union account details into which their payments can be transferred.</p><p> </p><p>For those customers unable to provide an alternative method of payment a replacement service will be available. Contact with customers has already begun and there will be further contact and information as we approach transition. Customers will transition to the new service by the end of the current Citibank contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2017-11-16T16:00:45.123Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-16T16:00:45.123Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-01-30more like thismore than 2018-01-30
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Members: Correspondence more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 December 2017 from the hon. Member for Sefton Central on the personal independence payment award to Mrs Sheila Ellis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 125830 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 2018-02-06more like thismore than 2018-02-06
star this property answer text <p>The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, my hon. Friend the member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton), replied on 30 January 2018.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-02-06T15:40:33.68Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-06T15:40:33.68Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-06more like thismore than 2014-06-06
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Civil Partnerships more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to enable civil partnerships to be amended to marriage without recourse to a separate legal process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 199521 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 2014-06-16more like thismore than 2014-06-16
star this property answer text <p>Section 9 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 provides that civil partners may convert their civil partnership into marriage under regulations to be made by the Secretary of State, and that the resulting marriage will be treated as having subsisted since the date the civil partnership was formed. Civil partnerships and marriage are separate legal institutions so a process is required for conversion. We are working hard to ensure that couples wanting to convert their civil partnerships into marriages are able to do so as soon as possible. We aim to do this before the end of 2014.</p><p>These aspects of implementing the Act take longer because they involve developing and implementing completely new procedures and processes. This contrasts with the work to make new marriages for same-sex couples possible, where we were able to build on existing processes so implementation was more straightforward.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Maidstone and The Weald more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Helen Grant more like this
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less than 2014-06-16T13:37:52.8817488Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-16T13:37:52.8817488Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Helen Grant more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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Wales Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 28 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Wales more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Wales more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Employment Agencies more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson remove filter
star this property uin 222526 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 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
star this property answer text <p>The average number of staff employed through employment or recruitment agencies since 2010-11 is shown below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2010-11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011-12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012-13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013-14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-15</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>1</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>1</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>1</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>4</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>6</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Vale of Glamorgan more like this
star this property answering member printed Alun Cairns more like this
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less than 2015-02-04T15:02:31.423Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-04T15:02:31.423Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alun Cairns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson more like this