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star this property date less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote trade within the Commonwealth. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 906383 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
star this property answer text This Government is committed to working to increase trade across the Commonwealth. Most recently, the Government has provided financial and public support to the new Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council so it can fully establish itself as the leading business representation and trade advocacy organisation in the Commonwealth. more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-12-02T15:17:44.033Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-02T15:17:44.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-14more like thismore than 2016-09-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Diego Garcia: Military Bases 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome has been of recent discussions with the US administration on renewal of the military base in the British Indian Ocean Territory; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 46439 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-10-12more like thismore than 2016-10-12
star this property answer text <p>​The Government welcomes the US presence on Diego Garcia and as such, we continue to discuss with the US Government their continued use of Diego Garcia. US presence on the island of Diego Garcia is governed by a series of agreements, called Exchanges of Notes, of which the overarching agreement sets out that the whole Territory should be made available for UK and US defence purposes for an initial 50 year period of 1966 to 2016. If neither side object during a two year window of December 2014 to December 2016, the agreement will continue as it stands until end December 2036. An announcement on the outcome of discussions will be made to Parliament and the public in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
star this property answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
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less than 2016-10-12T16:21:53.127Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-12T16:21:53.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Railways: Crawley 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 Transport, what funding his Department provided to upgrade railway stations in Crawley constituency (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 221384 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
star this property answer text <p>£53 million was spent on a project at Gatwick Airport Station in the Crawley constituency over the period from 2010-11 to 2013-14. Network Rail completed work in January 2014 on the scheme, which was designed to improve reliability and punctuality of journeys and increase capacity with a new seventh platform. The project was jointly funded by Network Rail as part of their Railway Control Period 4 plans, and Gatwick Airport Limited.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Access for All small schemes programme provided funding of £116,000 for three new height adjustable ticket office windows 2012/13 and £47,400 for a number of accessibility improvements in 2013/14.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Stations Commercial Projects Facility provided £559,023 towards a Southern Railway and Network Rail project to enhance the retail environment at Three Bridges station. This work was completed in 2012.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
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less than 2015-01-27T15:09:11.203Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-27T15:09:11.203Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-06more like thismore than 2016-09-06
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Railways: Franchises 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 Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the size of (a) rail franchises and (b) the Govia Thameslink rail franchise on the efficient delivery of rail services. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 45089 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-09-13more like thismore than 2016-09-13
star this property answer text <p>We take a very large number of factors into account when determining the most appropriate way forward when franchises are due for renewal. We undertook just such an assessment when considering options for the most appropriate approach to providing passenger rail services during the delivery of the Thameslink Programme infrastructure and the introduction of new rolling stock. This included balancing the size of the franchise against the need to ensure effective coordination of all the services on the lines affected by Thameslink during the construction period. We of course always take into account lessons learned from practice when looking at similar decisions in the future.</p><p> </p><p>Regarding the size of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise, as I made clear at the Transport Select Committee, it is unlikely the Department will wish to let such a franchise in the future. The size of the franchise is a factor in this assessment. However, I believe that with the measures recently announced this franchise should deliver a better passenger experience in the future.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
star this property answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
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less than 2016-09-13T09:54:47.447Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-13T09:54:47.447Z
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
638059
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2016-11-16
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star 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 Non-domestic Rates 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 Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on 100 per cent business rate retention; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 53475 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-11-24more like thismore than 2016-11-24
star this property answer text <p>We recently conducted a consultation on our approach to the implementation of 100% Business Rates Retention. There were over 450 responses from local authorities, businesses interests and other organisations. My officials are currently considering these and we will publish a summary of the responses and our proposed way forward in due course. In the meantime, we will continue close collaboration with local government in taking this work forward, including through the Business Rates Retention Steering Group, which is jointly chaired by the Local Government Association and the Department for Communities and Local Government.</p><p>The Steering Group was established to consider the mechanisms needed to set up and run the new business rates system, as well as the timetable and implementation of the reforms. It oversees the work of a set of technical working groups, each looking at particular aspects of the reforms. The Group meets on a regular basis and has done so on 6 occasions since April 2016. All papers for meetings are published here: <a href="http://www.local.gov.uk/business-rates" target="_blank">http://www.local.gov.uk/business-rates</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Nuneaton more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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less than 2016-11-24T16:42:17.153Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-24T16:42:17.153Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-02-10more like thismore than 2015-02-10
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Primates: Imports 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 the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2015 to Question 222873, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK users who acquire non-human primates ensure breeders and suppliers they deal with have proper controls and processes in place; how such controls and processes are monitored; and how many UK users have been found not to have sufficient controls and processes in place. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 223951 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thismore than 2015-02-12
star this property answer text <p>We have taken a number of steps to gain assurances about the quality of non-human primates being imported for research within the legal constraints available to us. We have emphasised to those UK users who acquire these primates that they are responsible for ensuring that the breeders and suppliers they deal with have proper controls and processes in place. In order to be assured that these animals are of appropriate quality for the work authorised on their project licences, they need to be confident of high standards of care and welfare. <br><br>We are aware that, in recent years, these UK users have routinely visited and inspected their overseas primate breeders, and that they do indeed demand these high standards. We are encouraging this to continue. <br><br>Home Office Inspectors assigned to establishments holding and using imported primates play a key role in monitoring the situation. Through inspection visits and other contact with animal care staff, inspectors maintain awareness of the importations of primates, both consignments already acquired and those due. This enables appropriately timed inspections to be carried out to monitor the quality of animals being acquired. <br><br>We also expect the local inspector to be notified promptly in the event of any significant health or welfare problems which may occur following arrival of an importation of primates. Should a particular source be shown to be delivering primates of unacceptable quality from the perspective of their health and welfare, we will deal with this through the relevant licence authorisation. <br><br>No UK users have been found to have insufficient controls and processes in place.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
star this property answering member printed Lynne Featherstone more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T15:39:28.817Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-12T15:39:28.817Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Featherstone more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Drugs: Licensing 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 Health, if he will set targets and goals for speeding up the use of off-patent drugs outside their licensed indications, where evidence supports that use. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 214424 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answer text <p>We have no plans to set such targets or goals.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Off-patent drugs are those whose patent period has expired and they are widely used in the National Health Service now. Drugs can also be prescribed ‘off-label’ outside of their licensed indication(s) to individual patients where doctors consider it is clinically appropriate to do so. Prescribing decisions are rightly a matter for clinicians in discussion with their patients.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are in the process of setting up a round-table discussion with key stakeholders, including NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to explore opportunities for supporting appropriate use of off-label drugs outside their licensed indications where the evidence supports this.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Mid Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed George Freeman more like this
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less than 2014-11-24T17:35:43.843Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-24T17:35:43.843Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Freeman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star 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 Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates 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 Communities and Local Government, how many small firms and shops have benefited from reductions in business rates in (a) England and (b) Crawley constituency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 212013 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
star this property answer text <p>We have introduced a £1 billion business rate support package for 2014-15 including:</p><p>– a 2% cap in the Retail Price Index increase in the small business rates multiplier;</p><p>– a retail discount of £1,000 for around 300,000 shops, pubs and restaurants with rateable values below £50,000;</p><p>– a 12 month extension of small business rate relief doubling, benefitting over half a million businesses;</p><p>– a 50 per cent discount for new occupants of long-term vacant shops, and;</p><p>– allowing ratepayers to pay bills over 12 instalments.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not collect data on a constituency basis, but the Crawley constituency lies entirely within the Crawley Borough Council boundary. Table 1 (attached) shows, where available, the estimated number of properties that will benefit from each of the reliefs introduced or extended in 2014-15 within Crawley Borough Council, as well as the amount of relief awarded. Table 2 (attached) provides the same data, but for England as a whole.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T17:34:35.8605363Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T17:34:35.8605363Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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star this property file name 212013 Smith - Table 1 and 2.docx more like this
star this property title Table 1 and 2 - Business Rates more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-11more like thismore than 2016-02-11
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Diego Garcia: Military Bases 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the lease extension of the military base on Diego Garcia. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 903709 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-02-23more like thismore than 2016-02-23
star this property answer text <p>We have been clear that we want to see US presence continue. However, the Government has not yet held discussions with the US about continuing the agreement relating to Diego Garcia.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochford and Southend East more like this
star this property answering member printed James Duddridge more like this
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less than 2016-02-23T15:43:53.727Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-23T15:43:53.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for James Duddridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Sri Lanka more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
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Henry Smith remove filter
star this property uin 211041 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
star this property answer text <p>We continue to urge the Sri Lankan government to co-operate fully with the UN Human Rights Council resolution of March 2014, which calls for an international investigation into alleged violations of international law on both sides of Sri Lanka’s recent conflict. Our High Commissioner to Sri Lanka has raised this point directly with members of the Sri Lankan government and in public statements. We also continue to call for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, to use their leverage to encourage Sri Lanka’s co-operation. <br><br>More recently, during the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council in September, our Ambassador to the UN also called upon the Sri Lankan government to co-operate with the investigation and ensure those co-operating with the investigation can do so without fear of intimidation or reprisal.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-10-27T17:37:44.3407916Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T17:37:44.3407916Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this