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unstar this property answer text We continue to work closely with the Nigerian authorities and our other partners in the search for the abducted Chibok girls. On 3 September, my Hon Friend, the Member for Southend and Rochford East (James Duddridge MP), the Minister for Africa, led the UK delegation to the Abuja ministerial meeting on security in Nigeria. At this meeting, he emphasised the importance of regional coordination between Nigeria and its neighbours in defeating Boko Haram and locating the girls. The Prime Minister has stressed to President Jonathan our continued commitment to helping the Nigerian Government find the girls. It is not yet clear what impact the recently announced ceasefire between the Nigerian security forces and Boko Haram might have on the missing Chibok girls. We are monitoring events closely. more like this
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unstar this property answer text We are aware of reports in the public domain of the use by ISIL in Kobani of industrial chemicals as weapons. We condemn unreservedly all and any use of chemical weapons. Use is a breach of international norms. Any party using chemical weapons should be brought to justice. more like this
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unstar this property answer text It is the long-standing policy of successive governments not to comment on matters of intelligence. more like this
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unstar this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td colspan="7"><p>Exports of Live Animals (in thousand head) from the UK to other EU Countries, 2009 to 2014</p></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td colspan="2"><p>(thousand head)</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td colspan="6"><p>Year</p></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Livestock Type</p></td><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>Grand Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pure bred breeding cattle</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Non-pure bred breeding cattle</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>30</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>49</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pure bred breeding pigs</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>19</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Non-pure bred breeding pigs</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>3</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sheep</p></td><td><p>78</p></td><td><p>54</p></td><td><p>87</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>86</p></td><td><p>105</p></td><td><p>473</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Poultry &lt;=185 grams</p></td><td><p>21,868</p></td><td><p>23,710</p></td><td><p>18,192</p></td><td><p>24,031</p></td><td><p>15,187</p></td><td><p>6,310</p></td><td><p>109,299</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Poultry &gt; 185 grams</p></td><td><p>91</p></td><td><p>580</p></td><td><p>679</p></td><td><p>642</p></td><td><p>238</p></td><td><p>53</p></td><td><p>2,283</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Horses, asses and mules</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Goats</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Other animals</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>15</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>67</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Grand Total</p></td><td><p>22,058</p></td><td><p>24,362</p></td><td><p>18,992</p></td><td><p>24,780</p></td><td><p>15,537</p></td><td><p>6,478</p></td><td><p>112,207</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Ó Crown Copyright</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Source: HM Revenue and Customs</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="5"><p><strong>Data prepared by Trade Statistics, Analysis &amp; Evidence Team, DEFRA</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2014 data are subject to amendments</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>EU data based on EU 28</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="7"><p><strong>Please note these figures are obtained using VAT records and will exclude some EU trade </strong></p></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="7"><p><strong>for businesses which are below the VAT threshold. As a result, actual trade levels </strong></p></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>may be higher than those given.</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>The data are subject to a degree of statistical error. The overall level of </strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>errors is low, but these errors have a much greater proportional effect on </strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="5"><p><strong>countries with small values or volumes of trade. Therefore, care is </strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>needed when interpreting the data.</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Notation:</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>0 = quantity less than half the unit shown</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Empty cells are nil values</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Exports from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland make up a significant proportion of the live</p><p>exports to the EU, accounting for around 90% of live UK sheep exports to the EU and 40% of live UK poultry exports to the EU.</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="7"><p>Exports of Live Animals (in thousand head) from the UK to Non-EU Countries, 2009 to 2014</p></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td colspan="2"><p>(thousand head)</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td colspan="6"><p>Year</p></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Livestock Type</p></td><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>Grand Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pure bred breeding cattle</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Non-pure bred breeding cattle</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pure bred breeding pigs</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>12</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Non-pure bred breeding pigs</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sheep</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Poultry &lt;=185 grams</p></td><td><p>3,483</p></td><td><p>7,081</p></td><td><p>7,333</p></td><td><p>7,039</p></td><td><p>6,721</p></td><td><p>3,969</p></td><td><p>35,626</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Poultry &gt; 185 grams</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Horses, asses and mules</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>17</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Goats</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Other animals</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>12</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Grand Total</p></td><td><p>3,494</p></td><td><p>7,088</p></td><td><p>7,342</p></td><td><p>7,047</p></td><td><p>6,729</p></td><td><p>3,974</p></td><td><p>35,673</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Ó Crown Copyright</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Source: HM Revenue and Customs</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="5"><p><strong>Data prepared by Trade Statistics, Analysis &amp; Evidence Team, DEFRA</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2014 data are subject to amendments</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>The data are subject to a degree of statistical error. The overall level of </strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>errors is low, but these errors have a much greater proportional effect on </strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="5"><p><strong>countries with small values or volumes of trade. Therefore, care is </strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>needed when interpreting the data.</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Notation:</strong></p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>0 = quantity less than half the unit shown</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p>Empty cells are nil values</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>Whilst the UK does not take a position on underlying sovereignty claims to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, we have a clear interest in maintaining regional peace and stability. We regularly discuss East Asian regional security issues with our international partners.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>When prosecuting cases of encouraging or assisting suicide, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors make decisions in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the Director of Public Prosecutions Policy for Prosecutors in respect of cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Following the recent Supreme Court Judgement in the case of ‘Nicklinson and others’, the policy was updated on the 16 October 2014 to clarify issues raised regarding healthcare professionals (and others with similar responsibilities for individuals).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>A copy of the updated policy is available on the CPS website at: <a href="http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/assisted_suicide_policy.html" target="_blank">http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/assisted_suicide_policy.html</a></p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>When deciding an individual's eligibility for discretionary financial payments, the Caxton Foundation, Macfarlane Trust and Eileen Trust, all take benefits into account as part of overall household income.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>We understand that Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has been sentenced to death. It is still possible for him to appeal the decision, and we will not be making representations while the legal process is ongoing.</p><p>The death penalty undermines human dignity and its abolition is a human rights priority for the UK. Ministers, our Ambassador in Riyadh and the Embassy team raise the issue of the death penalty with the Saudi authorities, both bilaterally and through the European Union. We recognise that total abolition of the death penalty is unlikely in Saudi Arabia in the near future. Our focus is therefore on the introduction of EU minimum standards for the death penalty as a first step, and on supporting access to justice and rule of law.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>We understand that NHS England has advised the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that it should not offer robotic assisted surgical treatment until there is clearer national evidence of the effectiveness of the technique. However as the Trust is the identified surgical centre for urological cancer, NHS England’s Local Area Team and the local clinical commissioning group are working with all of the acute providers covering Dorset to ensure that patients have choice for timely surgery from Royal Bournemouth &amp; Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and other providers across Wessex and its environs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are advised that the potential service and financial implications of NHS England’s proposed national clinical commissioning policy for robotic assisted surgery and service specification will be considered in the prioritisation process later this year. Further information will be posted on NHS England Website under the Specialised Cancer Clinical Reference Group when available.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>We remain committed to our goal of ending child poverty by 2020.</p><p>The ‘2014-17 Child Poverty Strategy’, published in June this year, outlines our plans to tackle the root causes of poverty, by:</p><ol><li>Raising the incomes of poor children’s families by helping them get into work and making work pay.</li><li>Supporting the living standards of low-income families.</li><li>Raising educational outcomes of poor children.</li></ol><p>Work remains the best route out of poverty. That is why the Government is introducing Universal Credit which will lift around 300,000 children out of poverty due to increased entitlements. This Government is also focused on breaking the cycle of poor children going on to become poor adults. That is why the Government has introduced policies - such as the pupil premium, worth £2.5 billion in 2014-15, to support poor children to reach their full potential and close the attainment gap between them and their more advantaged peers.</p><p>The Government will publish a response to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report in due course.</p>