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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Funding by the Department of Education and Science has not as yet been provided to the Irish Language Agency for the two assistant editor posts referred to in my Answer on 6 November in any year since 1999.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, on behalf of both sponsoring departments, informed Foras na Gaeilge on 2 July 2002 that NSMC approval was required for the appointment of two assistant editor posts. Foras na Gaeilge was advised to seek that approval at the earliest opportunity after the necessary departmental approvals were obtained. No similar posts have been requested by Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch. The job descriptions and salary scales were designed by Foras na Gaeilge, based on existing job specifications and salary scales in the publications section of the organisation. The salary scale was agreed at official level between the sponsor departments and the two finance departments, subject to the approval of NSMC. The posts were created in response to a request from the Department of Education and Science for assistance in the provision of Irish language training aids. That department will provide all the costs involved.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): On 21 November one under-18 year-old male was kept in adult accommodation while three were in young offender institutions (YOIs) without specific provision for juveniles. In the women's estate on the same date, all the women under 18 years old were held in YOIs. Sixteen were being held without specific provision for juveniles. Ten of those were unsentenced.
The court has held that the Prison Service's policy, subject to the correction of one sentence, complies with domestic law, including the Children Act 1989. Further, it more than adequately meets the Prison Service's obligations under human rights law.
|Budgeted provision for 19992000 £000s||Budgeted provision for 200001 £000s||Budgeted provision for 200102 £000s||Budgeted provision for 200203 £000s||Total initiative £000s|
|Reducing burglary initiative||13,800||19,830||18,491||1,633||53,754|
|Targeted policing initiative||6,000||12,450||21,880||6,666||46,996|
|Violence against women||0||5,000||10,880||6,371||22,251|
|Communities against drugs||0||0||50,000||70,000||120,000|
|Safer communities initiative||0||0||0||20,000||20,000|
|Partnership development fund||0||3,000||20,000||17,500||40,500|
|Partnership support programme||1,000||1,000||1,000||1,000||4,000|
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: We collect data on special constabulary strength for March and September each year. The latest figures are for 31 March 2002 when there were 11,598 special constables in police forces in England and Wales. We are committed to increasing the special constabulary and we are working with stakeholders on a package of measures designed to address recruitment and retention issues.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: It is a mandatory requirement for governing governors to ensure that non-protectively marked prison service orders (PSO) and instructions are made available to prisoners through prison libraries. This mandatory requirement is made clear in PSO 0001 The Prison Service Instructions System and in PSO 6710 Prison Libraries. It is also an auditable requirement within the Prison Service instructions system performance standard.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Under the Care Standards Act care homes are required to have robust procedures for dealing with complaints made by residents or people acting on their behalf. The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) is responsible for ensuring that care homes complaints procedures conform to the regulations and meet national standards. The NCSC also has discretionary powers to investigate complaints which may inform its role as a regulator.
People who have concerns about a particular care home can raise these with the NCSC in its role as regulator. The NCSC has strong enforcement powers and we expect it to take swift action where it has concerns that the welfare of care home residents is at risk.
In addition, local councils and primary care trusts have the power to investigate complaints under the social service complaints procedure and the NHS complaints procedure respectively for people whose care they commissioned.
These procedures are about resolving the complaint or regulatory enforcement action by the NCSC. Issues of compensation are a matter for the courts and anyone seeking compensation should obtain independent legal advice on how best to proceed.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: NHS Professionals is a locally delivered service based on national standards for the supply of temporary healthcare staffing. The service providers of NHS Professionals will have their own standing financial instructions as for all National Health Service organisations, with clear lines of local accountability.
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