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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Food Safety Promotion Board staff are employed in the Republic of Ireland, where there is no requirement under legislation to monitor the religious breakdown of these staff.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested, which relates to the numbers of permanent full-time staff (whole-time equivalents) employed in cross-border bodies currently and for the years 2000 and 2001 is as follows:
|Body||31 December 2000||31 December 2001||October 2002|
|Food Safety Promotion Board||0||0||15|
|Language Foras na Gaeilge||38||35||36|
|Language Ulster Scots Agency||0||0||0|
|Special EU Programmes Body||0||11||30|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (NI) Order 1999 provides that the implementation bodies may, for such as their staff as they determine with the approval of the North-South Ministerial Council and the Finance Ministers, pay such pensions, allowance or gratuities, or provide and maintain such pension schemes, as may be so determined.
Currently the chief executives of the bodies are working towards a common pension scheme for the employees of the bodies and themselves, and it is anticipated that the scheme rules will be agreed by early in 2003. The appointment of a pension scheme administrator, to be selected through open competition, is expected to take place soon thereafter, with a view to the scheme commencing later in the year it is proposed that the provisions of the scheme will apply retrospectively to all staff, and will not be less favourable then those enjoyed under existing schemes. Such arrangements will require the approval of NSMC and the two Finance Ministers.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: There does not appear to be sufficient evidence to justify a review across the Northern Ireland departments at present. The Northern Ireland Civil Service will, however, be following the outcome of recent events to establish whether some form of review would be justified.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The relationship between the North/South Language Body, comprised of Foras Na Gaeilge and Tha Boord of Ulster-Scotch, and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is determined by the North/South Implementation Bodies Agreement of 8 March 1999, and by the North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 and the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999, which incorporated the provisions of that agreement with the domestic law of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Northern Ireland Policing Board was reconstituted following suspension of the devolved administration on 14 October. Prior to this, the 10 board members who are also Members of the Assembly had received no remuneration for their work on the board; they were then in receipt of full salary from the Assembly. Under their terms of appointment they will receive remuneration up to the level of £12,000 per annum, abated to take account of any reduced salary drawn from the Assembly. The level of remuneration will be calculated on the basis that it, plus the reduced salary, does not exceed the Assembly salary prior to suspension.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: In accordance with the North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, each implementation body will, with the approval of NSMC and the two Finance Ministers, determine the remuneration, grading, numbers and other conditions of service of the chief executive and other staff of the body. Job descriptions, grading and remuneration are determined by each body and are agreed with the sponsor departments of each administration prior to referral to Finance Ministers and NSMC for approval.
In relation to Tourism Ireland Ltd, the memorandum of association of the company provides that the remuneration, grading and other conditions of service of staff shall be determined by the company, with the approval of NSMC and the two Finance Ministers.
|Implementation Body/Department||NSMC Meetings|
|Language Body/Department of Culture Arts and Leisure/Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs||26 September 2000 5 December 2000 27 June 2001 7 December 2001 25 January 2002 15 April 2002 9 October 2002|
|Special EU Programmes/Department of Finance and Personnel/Department of Finance||16 June 2000 26 September 2000 19 December 2000 9 April 2001 20 June 2001 30 October 2001 20 February 2002|
|Waterways Ireland/Department of Culture Arts and Leisure/Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs||21 June 2000 26 September 2000|
|InterTrade Ireland/Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment/Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment||24 January 2000 26 September 2000|
|FCILC/Department of Agriculture and Rural Development/Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.||5 July 2000 26 September 2000 6 April 2001|
|FSPB/Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety/Department of Health and Children||4 July 2000 26 September 2000 16 November 2001 27 February 2002|
|Tourism Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment/Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism||29 June 2001|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Written Answer referred to by the noble Lord contains a reference to "administrations, North and South". In that context the reference relates to the administration in Northern Irleand and the administration in the Republic of Ireland.
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