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registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Sino-British Joint Declaration more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent events in Hong Kong, what plans they have to draw attention to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, ratified by the governments of China and the UK in 1984 at the next United Nations Security Council meeting. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL1 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
answer text <p>The UK is fully committed to upholding the Joint Declaration of 1984 and has consistently highlighted the importance we attach to China abiding by its obligations. Though we have no plans to raise the Joint Declaration in the Security Council, the UK did raise the Sino-British treaty in our national ‘item 2’ statement at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in September. In the statement, we re-iterated our support for and call for all to respect the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework, including the rights and freedoms in the Joint Declaration. We also underlined the importance of upholding the right to peaceful assembly in the UK’s statement at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on 15th October.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T11:21:52.097Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T11:21:52.097Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1168543
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading British Nationality: Children more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to remove the fee charged by the Home Office to register children as British citizens; and whether they intend to refund those who paid such fees before the High Court ruling on 19 December. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL1 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answer text <p>The judgment was handed down on 19 December, and we are carefully considering its implications, and next steps.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
grouped question UIN HL2 more like this
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less than 2020-01-07T13:53:48.24Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T13:53:48.24Z
answering member
4311
label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1249755
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Older People: Health Services more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 5 November (HL9501), what assessment they have made of The Sunday Times insight investigation, published on 25 October, that alleged that elderly people were denied treatment to stop the NHS being overrun. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL10033 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-01-13more like thismore than 2021-01-13
answer text <p>Claims that frail and elderly patients were denied care are categorically untrue.</p><p> </p><p>Over two thirds of inpatients were aged over 65 years old. The National Health Service repeatedly instructed staff that no patient who could benefit from treatment should be denied it and even at the height of the pandemic there was no shortage of ventilators and intensive care.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks to the hard work of NHS staff and care workers and the response of the public to public health measures we have protected our most vulnerable patients throughout the pandemic. For example, from the start of the pandemic we have done everything we can to ensure care home residents and staff are protected, including testing all residents and staff, ring-fencing £1.1 billion for infection control and making a further £4.6 billion available to councils to address pressures caused by the pandemic, including in adult social care.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bethell more like this
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less than 2021-01-13T12:02:56.997Zmore like thismore than 2021-01-13T12:02:56.997Z
answering member
4708
label Biography information for Lord Bethell more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1249805
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading North Korea: Coronavirus more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) what plans they have to offer humanitarian assistance to the government of North Korea; and (3) what discussions they have had with others in the international community about offering humanitarian assistance. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL10034 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-23more like thismore than 2020-11-23
answer text <p>An assessment of the humanitarian situation in North Korea was completed in September 2020. It concluded that North Korea's humanitarian need is likely increasing as a result of the country's border lockdown in response to COVID-19 and abnormally high cumulative rainfall in the monsoon period. The United Kingdom provides multilateral funds to the UN and other international organisations providing humanitarian assistance in North Korea, including the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) in response to COVID-19. As a country of concern in the GHRP, North Korea is receiving funds from this global appeal. North Korea is also one of the countries eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX initiative to which the United Kingdom has committed up to £500 million.</p><p>We keep the humanitarian situation in North Korea under constant review, including through ongoing discussions with international organisations operational in country. We continue to make clear to the North Korean government that international support is available, and urge them to restore international access and monitoring for humanitarian assistance. The UK has also repeatedly called on North Korea to prioritise the well-being of its people over the development of illegal weapons programmes, through our bilateral relationship and in multilateral fora.</p>
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2020-11-23T12:10:23.997Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-23T12:10:23.997Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1249806
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Churches: Community Development more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the calculations of the economic contribution made by churches used for community purposes in the report by the National Churches Trust House of Good, published on 18 October; and what social value they attach to the provision in churches of (1) food banks, (2) youth services, (3) mental health services, (4) addiction support services and (5) other community services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated national restrictions. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL10035 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-23more like thismore than 2020-11-23
answer text <p>I am aware of the ‘House of Good’ report published recently by the National Churches Trust, on the contribution made by churches.</p><p>Churches are a vital community asset as referenced in the Localism Act 2011. Churches and all our places of worship are vital to people’s health and wellbeing. Their role in providing pastoral as well as spiritual support is widely recognised, and the part they play in supporting the most vulnerable in our communities has been brought into sharp focus during the pandemic.</p><p>I am grateful for all the support they have given to those who are most vulnerable during these difficult times.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Greenhalgh more like this
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less than 2020-11-23T12:01:51.82Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-23T12:01:51.82Z
answering member
4877
label Biography information for Lord Greenhalgh more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1249807
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Churches: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the rate of closure of churches in recent years; what assessment has been made of the ability of worshipping communities to fund ongoing repairs to church buildings; and what plans they have to provide support to worshipping communities to help maintain church buildings. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL10036 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-17more like thismore than 2020-11-17
answer text <p>Historic England works closely with faith communities on the management of historic places of worship.</p><p>When a place of worship is no longer required for regular worship it can still make a valuable contribution to the wider community; Historic England works with faith communities to develop a sustainable future when they are not used actively for worship, retaining as much of their special historical and architectural significance as possible. Only in a small minority of cases do places of worship have to close. Historic England also offers bespoke advice to those who manage places of worship on how to address repairs.</p><p>In 2016, the Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals was commissioned to examine the funding and sustainability of listed Church of England churches. The Review considered that a more strategic approach was needed to ensure than the previous large investments of public money were protected by timely maintenance and repair of these buildings. Consequently, the DCMS-funded Taylor Review Pilot was commissioned to test some recommendations made in the Review, pairing advice and support from building conservation and community development experts with targeted grant funding for maintenance and minor repairs. The evaluation, which was published in October 2020, demonstrated the impact of this project on historic places of worship in the pilot areas, with just over £1m of grant funding for repairs allocated almost equally between both areas to 136 applicants.</p><p>The Government has set out its vision and strategy to protect the historic environment, including England’s places of worship, in the 2017 Heritage Statement. Any further financial support is subject to the Spending Review, which is due to conclude later this month.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Barran more like this
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less than 2020-11-17T16:29:40.3Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-17T16:29:40.3Z
answering member
4703
label Biography information for Baroness Barran more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1249808
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Nigeria: Police more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Nigeria Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme, (2) how much the programme cost, and (3) what indicators have been used to assess its success or failure. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL10037 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-18more like thismore than 2020-11-18
answer text <p>The UK is committed to tackling organised crime and corruption around the world. As part of this work, the UK Government, through the National Crime Agency, delivers a Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme in Nigeria. The programme provides mentoring and capacity building for units of the Nigerian Police Force to improve border security and anti-kidnap capacity, and to respond to organised crime groups in Nigeria. The programme budget was £3.1 million for 2019/20.</p><p>The Nigeria Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme is evaluated each year. External consultants have been used to evaluate the programme in some years. It was given a grade A rating for meeting expectations in 2019/20. It was also assessed that the programme represents good value for money and that the project successfully integrates gender and equality issues into delivery. All UK programmes are provided in adherence with the UK Government's Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance. We will continue to support police reform in Nigeria, working with the Nigerian Government and international and civil society partners to improve its transparency and accountability, in line with its human rights obligations.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2020-11-18T12:56:42.8Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-18T12:56:42.8Z
answering member
4584
label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
1249809
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Nigeria: Abduction more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what capacity building of Anti-Kidnap Coordination Units took place as a result of the Nigeria Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme; how was this capacity built; and how the programme continues to be used in achieving its declared objectives of increasing public confidence in Nigeria’s law enforcement capabilities, and reducing harm to hostages and victims more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL10038 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-18more like thismore than 2020-11-18
answer text <p>The Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme in Nigeria provides mentoring and capacity building for units of the Nigerian Police Force to improve border security and anti-kidnap capacity, and respond to organised crime groups in Nigeria. The anti-kidnap capacity building features training for Anti-Kidnap Senior Investigation Officers that meets international standards and embeds human rights compliance including on digital forensics handling to enhance evidence collection and negotiation skills for female officers. This helps anti-kidnap coordination units reduce the harm to kidnap victims by seeking to reduce the longevity of capture and hold those responsible to account. The programme also provides mentoring to officers of the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition in Trafficking of Persons to help them counter the trafficking of women and girls. Kidnappings have increased in recent years in Nigeria so this work remains vital in helping to tackle the threat. Effectively tackling and reducing organised crime in Nigeria, including kidnaps, will improve domestic and international confidence, and support increased trade and investment in Nigeria, improving Nigeria's potential to achieve long-term sustainable economic growth.</p><p>This specific programme is designed to help counter criminal, rather than terrorist, activity. The Government has offered and provided separate support in response to the abduction of people by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), including Leah Sharibu. Following the attack on Leah's school in Dapchi, the then Foreign Secretary spoke to the Nigerian Vice President to offer UK assistance in the recovery of the missing girls. The UK Government has repeatedly called for the release of all those abducted by Boko Haram and ISWA, including Leah Sharibu, and remains committed to supporting the Nigerian Government to secure their release. The Prime Minister's former Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief met Leah's mother in February and reaffirmed the UK Government's support to Nigerian Government efforts to tackle terrorism. In March, the Minister for Africa reiterated to Parliament the UK Government's condemnation of all attacks by terrorist groups in North East Nigeria. We will continue to engage with the Government of Nigeria in support of urgent action to secure the return of Leah Sharibu and all abductees.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
grouped question UIN HL10148 more like this
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less than 2020-11-18T12:54:26.327Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-18T12:54:26.327Z
answering member
4584
label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
77275
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2014-07-10more like thismore than 2014-07-10
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Asylum more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the analysis in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' Global Trends Report of the number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL1009 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
answer text <p> </p><p>The Department for International Development (DFID) is concerned by the increase in the number of people displaced from their homes in 2013 as highlighted in the Global Trends report. The report indicates the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced around the world now stands at 51.2 million, an increase of 6 million reported in 2012 and, for the first time since the end of World War II, exceeding 50 million people.</p><p> </p><p>DFID is providing assistance to refugees and internally displaced people in many of the world’s major crises. One of the agencies receiving support is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which works in over 120 country contexts to assist displaced people, including: Syria, Kenya, South Sudan and Afghanistan. This assistance helps to meet basic needs and helps displaced people rebuild their lives whilst they await return, integration into their new community/country or resettlement. Last year UNHCR received £94 million in UK funding.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2014-07-24T16:29:29.9370829Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T16:29:29.9370829Z
answering member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
77276
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2014-07-10more like thismore than 2014-07-10
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Syria more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' report <i>Woman Alone</i>: <i>The fight for survival by Syria’s refugee women</i>; and of its assessment of the situation of Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan which are headed by women. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
uin HL1010 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK welcomes the publication of this report, which highlights the distressing reality for women and girls affected by the crisis in Syria. Our assessment is that it accurately describes many of the hardships faced by refugee women who have become heads of their households as a result of the conflict, but also their resilience and bravery in the face of such hardships.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
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less than 2014-07-24T14:21:57.758556Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T14:21:57.758556Z
answering member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter