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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Linguistic Diversity Branch is an administrative unit of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL). DCAL chairs an interdepartmental group on the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. DCAL is represented on the Promoting Social Inclusion (PSI) Working Group on Race Equality where it advises on matters relating to the languages of the minority ethnic communities in Northern Ireland. In addition, DCAL advises the PSI Working Group on Disability in relation to British and Irish sign language. DCAL contributes as appropriate to consultation exercises generated by NICS and other departments. Bill
Lord Williams of Mostyn: As explained in the Answer given on 5 December (WA126), the agreement between the British and Irish Governments contained in an exchange of letters on 19 November provides that any reference in the implementation bodies agreement to the Assembly shall be read as a reference to the United Kingdom Parliament. Where the agreement provides for reports and statements to be laid before the Assembly, such reports and statements, are during suspension, to be laid before Parliament. That will become a statutory requirement when the agreement made by the exchange of letters is incorporated into the domestic law of Northern Ireland by designation under paragraph 10 of the schedule to the Northern Ireland Act 2000. That designation will shortly be made by the Secretary of State.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The answer is yes, except in the matter of funding, where there is an agreed percentage contribution from each of the sponsoring departments to each part of the Language Implementation Body.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The title of the North/South Ministerial Council is used to embrace the Northern Ireland administration and that of the Republic of Ireland. The words "North" and "South" both in the title and common, well-understood usage, are not intended to have geographical precision. The use of those words in this context is appropriate.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: During the three previous suspensions, the functions conferred by Section 52 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 could not be exercised: the North/South Ministerial Council was not able to meet.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The interim chief executive decided to take early retirement. There were no major outstanding matters in regard to the accounts of the agency. There was one outstanding staffing matter.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Following the recent budget announcement, £1 milllion is to be made available in 200304 for the introduction of digital hearing aids in Northern Ireland. Provision of these aids will commence in September 2003.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Waterways Ireland continues to develop the Grand Canal, Royal Canal and Barrow navigation as a multi-purpose amenity and recreation resource offering facilities for navigation, angling, walking, canoeing and other activities for the benefit of the general public.
The Grand Canal is open to navigation. Waterways Ireland's current capital works programme includes embankment strengthening, bank protection measures, repairs to structures, dredging to improve navigable depth and installation of landing jetties above and below locks with associated landscaping.
The Barrow navigation is also open to navigation. Waterways Ireland's current capital works programme includes dredging to improve navigable depth on the lateral canals and river navigation plus the installation of landing jetties and repairs to structures.
Waterways Ireland's current capital works programme includes lock gate installation, bog embankment repairs, bridge construction, sourcing additional water supplies and installation of landing jetties.
Funding for capital works for the Grand Canal, the Royal Canal and the Barrow navigation is provided by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan (200006) and the amount allocated under this plan was 20 million euros in 1999 terms.
There are many benefits to the United Kingdom taxpayer. One of the most significant is the fact that the headquarters for Waterways Ireland is located in Enniskillen and when fully staffed will employ some 70 people.
|Current Enrolment||Number of Protestant pupils||Number of Roman Catholic pupils|
|Primary (Year 1Year 7)||196||68||98|
From 1 September 2002 seven pupils have left the school.
Whether the statement in Waterways Ireland's annual report for 19992000 that it was set up by legislation in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom on 2 December 1999 is correct.[HL557]
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