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East Belfast: Urban Development Grants Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: A total of £1,904,613 has been awarded to schemes in East Belfast since 1999–2000 with £836,583 paid out to date. In the current financial year, 2003–04, an additional scheme is currently under consideration with potential total grant award of £92,000. A summary of those schemes awarded urban development grant in the past five years is shown below: jenny

Financial Year AwardedScheme Description Property AddressTotal Grant Aid & Fees(1)
1999–2000Refurbishment of Wholesale Warehouse.Castlereagh Street£212,030
New Build Retail Units.Beersbridge Road£97,500
2000–01Refurbishment to provide ground floor retail unit and upper floor apartments.Castlereagh Street£113,697
2001–02Refurbishment of existing and vacant retail units.Newtownards Road£60,597
Construction of 3-storey office building.Lomond Avenue and Holywood Road£76,939
2002–03Refurbishment of existing building for office and retail accommodation.Albertbridge Road£502,263
Refurbishment of existing premises for office and retail use.395–407 Newtownards Road£222,426
Refurbishment and Extension of Existing Office Block.Albertbridge Road£87,000
Construction of shop/retail unit.Castlereagh Street£41,725
Construction of office and retail units.Ravenhill Road£32,811
Refurbishment and Extension of fast food outlet.Dee Street£14,080
2003–04New Build office development.Albertbridge Road£90,088
New Build retail units with apartments above.Albertbridge Road£277,200
Refurbishment of existing premises for motorcycle sales showroom.Albertbridge Road£76,257

(1) Includes schemes at various stages of development, from just started to fully completed and paid out.


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East Belfast: Belfast Regeneration Office Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What projects have been awarded Making Belfast Work funding in each of the past five years in East Belfast; and how much each project was awarded and for what purpose.[HL4780]

Baroness Amos: Since 1998, Making Belfast Work has been subsumed within the Belfast Regeneration Office (BRO). BRO has three funding streams; namely, Action Plan, Area Teams and Urban Development Grants.

I have arranged for information on these funding streams to be placed in the Library of the House.

Northern Ireland: Commissioners for Employment Tribunals

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Who are the Commissioners for Employment Tribunals in Northern Ireland; what is their remuneration; and how are they appointed; and by whom.[HL4782]

Baroness Amos: The equivalent of employment tribunals in Northern Ireland are the industrial tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal. There are no commissioners for the tribunals. There is a president and vice-president of the Tribunals appointed by the Lord Chancellor. There are currently five full-time chairmen of the tribunals appointed jointly by the Lord Chancellor and the Department for Employment and Learning. There are currently 13 part-time chairmen of the industrial tribunals appointed by the Department for Employment and Learning. One part-time chairman of the industrial tribunals is also a part-time chairman of the Fair Employment Tribunal appointed by the Lord Chancellor. A list of the names of the president, vice-president, full-time chairmen and part-time chairmen is given below.

The remuneration of the president and vice-president is £119,160 and £110,362 per annum respectively. The remuneration of full-time chairmen is currently £88,546 per annum. Part-time chairmen are paid a daily fee of £386.

Appointments are made through publicly advertised competitions. Office of the Industrial Tribunals and The Fair Employment Tribunal President Mr J E Maguire, CBE Vice-president Mrs M Percival-Price Full-time Chairmen Mr D D Buchanan Mrs M Davey

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Mr N P C Drennan, QC Ms E R McBride Mrs P M Smyth Part-time Chairmen (IT) Mr P V Buggy Mrs M R Cooper Miss W A Crooke Mr S M P Cross Mr S A Crothers Mr M C Davey Mrs L A Gilbert Mr B J Greene Mr J V Leonard Miss E M McCaffrey Mr M G O'Brien Mr E T Pakenham Ms M C Sheehan Part-time Chairmen (FET) Mrs M R Cooper

Belfast Education and Library Board: Ulster Scots Support

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 July (WA 24), why the Belfast Education and Library Board has no plans to support the Ulster Scots community through connections with Scotland; and whether it will now make such plans.[HL4815]

Baroness Amos: This is a matter for the Belfast Education and Library Board. However, I understand from the chief executive that the board, in the context of its international policy, continues to seek ways of developing connections with other authorities, including Scotland. Discussions have taken place with a number of authorities but as yet no formal agreements have been reached. bern

Northern Ireland: Education for Mutual Understanding and Cultural Heritage

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 July (WA 25), when they will introduce material and expertise available through the Ulster Scots Agency into the statutory curriculums as a part of the cultural heritage and education for mutual understanding of cross-curricular themes.[HL4816]

Baroness Amos: The Government have no plans to introduce material relating to Ulster Scots into the curriculum on a statutory basis. The statutory requirements pertaining to Education for Mutual

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Understanding (EMU) and Cultural Heritage are set out as a series of objectives, however, it is a matter for individual schools to determine how they deliver these objectives. The Government do not prescribe the use of any particular materials as it is up to schools to determine what resources they use to deliver the curriculum.

Northern Ireland: Hare Coursing

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to ban live hare coursing in Northern Ireland.[HL4844]

Baroness Amos: There are no immediate plans to impose a ban on live hare coursing in Northern Ireland.

In a recent news release it was announced that the Department of the Environment would shortly be initiating consultation on a proposal to make a temporary special protection order to prevent the killing and taking of Irish hares. A copy of this news release has been placed in the Library of the House.

This proposal is designed to assist the department to achieve an objective of a NI species action plan to double the population of the Irish hare by 2010.

In order to help achieve this objective, an application from Dungannon and District Coursing Club to net hares for the purpose of hare coursing has recently been refused. jenny

Belfast Agreement: Human Rights

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 October (WA 92), what assurances they have received from the Government of the Irish Republic about the implementation of a human rights programme in the Irish Republic similar to that in Northern Ireland, as required in the Belfast agreement.[HL4849]

Baroness Amos: The Government have been assured that all of the comparable steps to be taken by the Irish Government as set out in paragraph 9 of the section of the 1998 agreement entitled "Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity" have been taken. These measures complement and strengthen the existing safeguards and protections of fundamental rights as enshrined in Articles 40 to 44 inclusive of the 1937 Irish Constitution.

Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What action they are taking to ensure that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is fully funded; and how soon they expect that objective to be fulfilled.[HL4931]

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Baroness Amos: The Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (the Global Fund) held its 6th board meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 15 to 17 October. Important progress was made towards putting the Global Fund on a sounder financial footing enabling it to better predict—and meet—its needs for funding for future proposal rounds.

The board approved Round 3 proposals, bringing the total amount approved after three proposal rounds to 2.1 billion US dollars for support to 125 countries. Round 4 will be launched in January. Future funding rounds will be launched depending on funds being available as pledged donations. A related but crucial agreement was therefore to put in place a comprehensive financing framework to allow for more predictable financing, and to strengthen financial management.

This will help the work of the Resource Mobilisation Committee which has been established to bring donations to the Global Fund. The UK position remains that the right way to encourage increased contributions to the Global Fund is to demonstrate good results.

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