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star this property date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Fire Regulations more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the impact of the manual fire safety call points on the visual appearance of the Palace of Westminster; and what consideration was given to alternative means of advertising call points and fire safety instructions in keeping with the heritage of the Palace. more like this
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star this property uin HL12014 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-18more like thismore than 2018-12-18
star this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf.</p><p>The “totem” manual fire safety call points are designed for highly significant interiors within the Palace, where fixing escape signs and manual call points to the historic fabric is not acceptable. Following consultation with Historic England, it was agreed that free standing signage was the best option in those spaces, to reduce physical impact on the Palace.</p><p>The patinated brass finish used in the frame was chosen to blend in with the timber joinery and reference the Victorian brass fittings found throughout the Palace. The colours used for the signage differ slightly from the British Standards; the colours were chosen to minimise the visual impact on interiors, whilst remaining legible to direct people in the case of an emergency.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2018-12-18T14:17:22.723Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-18T14:17:22.723Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-10more like thismore than 2015-09-10
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The Lord Chairman of Committees more like this
star this property answering dept id 200 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Chairman of Committees (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Electronic Cigarettes more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Administration and Works Committee will reconsider the ban on e-cigarettes in rooms in the House of Lords which formerly permitted smoking, in the light of the conclusions of a report by Public Health England that e-cigarettes are a good substitute for tobacco cigarettes and should be available on the NHS. more like this
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Lord Blencathra remove filter
star this property uin HL2145 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-18more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>The Administration and Works Committee agreed that the e-cigarette policy should ideally be a bicameral one; it presently is. This has ensured that the policy is simple and applied across the whole Estate. The decision to ban the use of e-cigarettes across the Estate (except in smoking shelters and a dedicated e-cigarette use area) was based on the advice available at the time about uncertainty over the impact of e-cigarettes, safety concerns and the practice of other organisations. I recognise that the position on e-cigarettes is changing and we will keep this matter under review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2015-09-18T13:19:32.293Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-18T13:19:32.293Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-11-15more like thismore than 2016-11-15
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The Lord Chairman of Committees more like this
star this property answering dept id 200 more like this
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star this property hansard heading Cycling: Millbank more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he will make representations to the Metropolitan Police about the dangers caused by cyclists ignoring the law to members of the public, Parliamentary staff and Members using the zebra crossing at 1 Millbank; and whether he will request the police to take enforcement action. more like this
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Lord Blencathra remove filter
star this property uin HL3268 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-29more like thismore than 2016-11-29
star this property answer text <p>The Metropolitan Police were consulted by Westminster City Council in advance of the decision in 2013 to replace the pelican crossing at 1 Millbank with the current zebra crossing. Following the tragic accident that took place on the crossing on 16 November, the Metropolitan Police are conducting an investigation including safety aspects of the crossing. Additionally, the Director of Facilities has recently contacted the Council. I thank the Noble Lord for highlighting the issue.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2016-11-29T16:02:47.157Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-29T16:02:47.157Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-02-07more like thismore than 2018-02-07
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, in the light of the resolutions on Restoration and Renewal passed by both Houses, what are the likely next steps; and what will be the mechanism for Peers to submit suggestions and ideas. more like this
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star this property uin HL5466 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-21more like thismore than 2018-02-21
star this property answer text <p>Both Houses have decided that the next steps of the Restoration &amp; Renewal Programme should be overseen by a Sponsor Board and Delivery Authority. It is expected that the Commission of each House will therefore immediately focus on establishing those bodies in shadow form. Until the shadow Sponsor Board has been appointed, the Programme will continue to be delivered under the governance of the bicameral Programme Board, which consists of officials from both Houses plus two external members, and acts with authority delegated from the Board and Accounting Officer of each House. Establishing both bodies in substantive form will require primary legislation.</p><p>The Programme Team, supported by its client advisory services consultants, CH2M and BDP, will continue work in the following areas:</p><ul><li>further investigation and documentation of the current physical condition of the Palace of Westminster and its building services;</li><li>further studies on the feasibility of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre as temporary accommodation for the House of Lords;</li><li>design of Richmond House as temporary accommodation for the House of Commons, which is being taken forward as part of the Commons’ Northern Estate Programme;</li><li>development of a client brief for the design of the works to the Palace of Westminster;</li><li>the development of the required Outline Business Cases (OBCs), compliant with HM Treasury’s <em>Green Book</em>; and</li><li>a further round of medium-term mechanical and electrical, public health and conservation work to mitigate the operational risks to Parliament presented by the condition of the building between now and the commencement of the construction phase of the R&amp;R Programme.</li></ul><p>The design phase will require extensive consultation with Members of both Houses, as well as a wide range of other stakeholders including staff, third-party occupants of the Parliamentary Estate, visitors and other members of society throughout the United Kingdom. It is anticipated that this engagement work will be developed and taken forward by the shadow Sponsor Board once it is established later this year.</p><p>In the meantime, members of the Programme Team would be happy to receive suggestions and ideas from Members of both Houses. They can be contacted via <a href="mailto:restorationandrenewal@parliament.uk" target="_blank">restorationandrenewal@parliament.uk</a>.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-02-21T16:07:39.427Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-21T16:07:39.427Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-24more like thismore than 2018-10-24
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration was given to the needs of disabled users of the Palace when the decision was taken to install temporary fire doors in certain areas of the Palace of Westminster; and how long he anticipates those doors being in place. more like this
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star this property uin HL10982 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-07more like thismore than 2018-11-07
star this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf. The temporary fire doors needed to be installed to ensure mitigation to Fire Life Safety non-compliance. The floor springs and hinges of the original doors had deteriorated to the extent that it was not possible to ensure compliance. Work had to be undertaken requiring their removal and replacement with temporary fire doors.</p><p>Consideration was given to disabled users; the temporary doors are in excess of current part M Building Regulations, requiring minimum 800mm width doors, as 830mm wide doors have been installed which fully comply with both Part M (access) and Part B (fire) requirements. The original doors will be returned from mid-November to the end of November.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2018-11-07T16:54:53.22Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-07T16:54:53.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-24more like thismore than 2018-10-24
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to replacing the recently installed single-leaf temporary fire doors in the Palace of Westminster with double-leaf doors that (1) swing both ways, and (2) have larger glass panels. more like this
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star this property uin HL10983 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 2018-11-07more like thismore than 2018-11-07
star this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf. The existing doors’ apertures are not large enough to accommodate temporary frames and temporary double leaf fire doors. The cost of providing temporary double leaf doors is considerably more expensive than single doors and the lead time for double leaf doors would delay the programme; the cost and delay would increase further for doors with double swing frames. The installed temporary glass panels are compatible with certified British Standards and Building Regulations standards for disabled access/visibility in that they allow wheelchair to wheelchair visibility through the glass.</p><p>No consideration has been given to replace the temporary doors given the deadline to achieve life safety compliance, compliance with British Standards and Building Regulations, and the additional cost of replacement. The original doors will be returned between mid-November and the end of November.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2018-11-07T16:55:31.15Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-07T16:55:31.15Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-24more like thismore than 2018-10-24
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to replacing the recently installed temporary fire doors in the Palace of Westminster with models more in keeping with the aesthetic of the Palace. more like this
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Lord Blencathra remove filter
star this property uin HL10984 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-07more like thismore than 2018-11-07
star this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf. To fabricate temporary doors more in keeping with the original doors would be extremely costly and would delay the programme well beyond the compliance deadline date.  Such a door would require the alteration of the original frame which would not be permitted under current listed building permissions.</p><p>No consideration has been given to replace the temporary doors given the deadline to achieve life safety compliance, compliance with British Standards and Building Regulations, and the additional cost of replacement. The original doors will be returned between mid-November and the end of November.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2018-11-07T16:57:07.663Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-07T16:57:07.663Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-08more like thismore than 2016-02-08
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Al-Sweady Inquiry 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 discussions they have had with the Director of Public Prosecutions about the possibility of charges of fraud, corruption, conspiracy and attempting to pervert the course of justice being brought against lawyers working for Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers with regard to the Al Sweady case. more like this
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star this property uin HL5997 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-22more like thismore than 2016-02-22
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service routinely provides the Attorney General with updates on cases and casework issues. In accordance with the practice adopted by previous Law Officers the Attorney General does not usually comment on which individual cases are raised with him.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2016-02-22T14:57:18.027Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-22T14:57:18.027Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-08more like thismore than 2016-02-08
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Mark Pearson 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 will discuss with the Director of Public Prosecutions the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to take Mark Pearson to trial for sexual assault, and the claim by the defence solicitor in that case that the CPS initially provided amended and misleading video evidence to the court. more like this
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star this property uin HL5998 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-19more like thismore than 2016-02-19
star this property answer text <p>The CPS's function is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider.</p><p> </p><p>The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, as this can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction and, if so, whether the public interest lies in prosecuting.</p><p> </p><p>It is open to the defence in any crown court case to argue, after the prosecution has closed its case, that the evidence is too weak for the decision to be left to the jury. In this particular case the judge clearly considered that the decision was properly a matter for the jury.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2016-02-19T12:46:53.397Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-19T12:46:53.397Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-22more like thismore than 2016-02-22
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Trials 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 19 February (HL5998), whether there are any circumstances under which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) may alter the speed at which video evidence is shown in court, and if so, whether the CPS is obliged to inform the court that the speed of the video evidence has been altered. more like this
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star this property uin HL6238 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-04more like thismore than 2016-03-04
star this property answer text <p>Video evidence is routinely examined in court during criminal trials either frame by frame or at different speeds in order to aid the court’s understanding. In the case of image stills, time stamps can be used to indicate the passage of time between images. Both defence and prosecution lawyers are under a professional duty not to mislead the court.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2016-03-04T12:04:10.857Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-04T12:04:10.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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