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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): As I explained in my answer to the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, on 12 December, the Lord Chancellor is at the end of a line of processes that includes impartial civil servants, the judiciary, the legal profession and now lay assessors. Every stage is open to the closest scrutiny by the Judicial Appointments Commissioner. The Lord Chancellor is also directly and personally answerable to Parliament for the system and policies relating to the award of Queen's Counsel. That kind of accountability could not be appropriate for the Lord Chief Justice. Nor would it be appropriate for the Lord Chief Justice to be responsible for a system which exists to confer benefits on consumers in relation to the provision of services by the legal profession.
|School Name||Enrolment 199697||Enrolment 200102|
|Abbey Primary School||603||636|
|Alexander Dickson Primary School||219||194|
|Andrews Memorial Primary School||522||436|
|Ballycloughan Primary School||84||68|
|Ballykeigle Primary School||53||44|
|Ballywalter Primary School||165||178|
|Brooklands Primary School||683||693|
|Carrickmannon Primary School||80||94|
|Carrowdore Primary School||137||150|
|Carryduff Primary School||315||257|
|Castle Gardens Primary School||419||357|
|Comber Primary School||388||392|
|Darragh Cross Primary School||86||91|
|Derryboy Primary School||81||60|
|Dundonald Primary School||587||603|
|Greyabbey Primary School||69||73|
|Killinchy Primary School||240||255|
|Killyleagh Primary School||140||116|
|Kircubbin Primary School||79||107|
|Kirkistown Primary School||58||60|
|Londonderry Primary School||305||280|
|Loughries Primary School||83||81|
|Moneyrea Primary School||143||140|
|Newtownards Model Primary School||400||391|
|O'Neill Memorial Primary School||43||24|
|Portaferry Integrated Primary School||48||87|
|Portavogie Primary School||133||186|
|Regent House Preparatory Department||161||159|
|St Finan's Primary School||144||117|
|St Joseph's Primary School||653||825|
|St Mary's Primary School, Portaferry||277||246|
|St Mary's Primary School, Comber||31||36|
|St Mary's Primary School, Ballygowan||50||30|
|St Mary's Primary School, Kircubbin||211||158|
|St Mary's Primary School, Killyleagh||137||134|
|St Patrick's Primary School||112||108|
|Victoria Primary School, Newtownards||572||559|
|Victoria Primary School, Ballyhalbert||101||119|
|West Winds Primary School||179||182|
|Comber High School||416||361|
|Dundonald High School||609||607|
|Movilla High School||858||873|
|Saintfield High School||326||336|
|St Columba's High School||345||280|
|Strangford Integrated College||Not Opened||416|
|Regent House School||1,441||1,449|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission has reviewed all the feature films assisted by it since its establishment in April 1997, but is unable to assess them in terms of "Irish background" or "Ulster Scots background".
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The council is currently engaged with the Ulster Scots Agency, the Ultacht Trust and Foras na Gaeilge in an in-depth research and needs analysis survey into the arts of Irish and Ulster Scots, which will inform the future development of policy in this area.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: It is the Government's policy that the cost of extending pensions to surviving adult dependants, and of paying pensions to surviving spouses for life, should fall to members of the fund. Following the vote last year, the trustees were asked to consider how these proposals could best be implemented. The Leader of the House of Commons will be meeting the chairman of the trustees this week to discuss this issue.
Lord Willilams of Mostyn: All travel complies with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code as appropriate. In deciding the mode of travel for home to office journeys, individuals will take into account business considerations such as the need to work on official papers, some of which may carry a protective marking. For some individuals, security considerations will also be relevant.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Yes. These policies and practices reflect both employment law as it applies specifically in Northern Ireland and the particular requirements of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland. Specific selection criteria depend on the qualities and skills needed for particular posts. The general principle of recruitment on merit in fair and open competition is common to Civil Service appointments throughout the United Kingdom.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The requirement to have a proficiency in the Irish language may have had a disproportionate impact on the Protestant community in Northern Ireland. The requirement was, however justified because the working language of the Irish Language Agency is Irish and there was therefore, a business need for this. As the work of the chief executive of the Irish Language Agency is carried out wholly or mainly outside Northern Ireland, the employment laws of Northern Ireland do not apply to the appointment; the employment law of the Republc of Ireland would apply to the post.
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