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Baroness Amos: The current recruitment arrangements for civilian staff were introduced in the Police (Northern Ireland) 2000 Act. It requires that where there are more than six vacancies at the same level and which are to be filled at or about the same time, then appointments must be made from a pool of qualified candidates on a 50:50 basis.
The tables below show the requested figures for all the competitions that have taken place for civilian posts in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. It is important to note that some competitions are still ongoing and the numbers recruited from those competitions are not yet finalised.
|Position||Date Advertised||Number Sought||Number Recruited|
|Medical Adviser||9 November 2001||1||0|
|Occupational Health Nurse||9 November 2001||2||2|
|Nursing Adviser||9 November 2001||4||4|
|Clinical Psychologist||9 November 2001||1||0|
|Fire Safety Officer||29 November 2001||1||1|
|Welfare Officer||26 March 2002||1||0|
|Junior Occupational Psychologists||25 April 2002||2||2|
|Health & Safety Advisors||24 May 2002||3||3|
|Senior Crime Analyst||20 June 2002||1||1|
|Graduate Trainee Accountants||20 June 2002||2||3|
|School Teacher Liaison Officer||15 March 2002||1||1|
|Deputy Director Press Office||9 May 2002||1||1|
|Staff OfficerPress Office||9 May 2002||2||4|
|Purchase Ledger Supervisor||6 February 2002||1||1|
|Staff Officer Central Pay||1 April 2002||1||1|
|Mapping Officer||3 October 2002||5||1|
|Clinical Psychologist||27 October 2002||2||2|
|Medical Advisers||27 October 2002||2||2|
|Practice Manager||27 October 2002||1||1|
|Financial Accounts Supervisor||24 October 2002||1||1|
|Fingerprint Officers||7 November 2002||5||4|
|H&S Accident Investigator||7 November 2002||1||1|
|Corporate Diversity Manager||3 November 2002||1||1|
|TED Director||3 November 2002||1||1|
|Financial Accounting Technician||30 January 2003||3||3|
|Purchase Ledger Supervisor||30 January 2003||1||1|
|Photographers||12 February 2003||5||4|
|Fingerprint Photographer||14 February 2003||1||1|
|PE Instructor||12 February 2003||1||1|
|Head of Bureau||3 April 2003||1||1|
|Quality Services Manager||3 April 2003||1||1|
|Head of Supplies||10 April 2003||1||1|
|Scientific Officer||1 May 2003||1||1|
|Deputy Director of Media & PR||8 May 2003||1||1|
|Public Affairs Officer||8 May 2003||1||1|
|Financial Accountant||14 August 2003||1||1|
|Project Sponsor||28 August 2003||2||2|
|Accountant||18 September 2003||1||1|
|Health & Safety Adviser||16 October 2003||1||*|
|Position||Date Advertised||Number Sought||Number Recruited|
|Administrative Assistants||9 November 2001||Ongoing vacancies||30|
|Photographic Officer||23 May 2002||7||2|
|Personnel Manager||17 May 2002 to March 2003||15+||8|
|Telecommunications Engineering Technician||15 March 2002||14||6|
|Traffic Warden||14 February 2002||30||8|
|Trainee Police Analyst||5 March 2002||20||14|
|Press Officer||26 September 2002||8||8|
|IT Specialist||3 October 2002||16||16|
|Driving Instructor||3 October 2002||6||6|
|Trainee Police Analyst||9 January 2003||18||10 (appointed to date)|
|Station Enquiry Assistant||12 February 2003||60||35 (appointed to date)|
|Business Manager||20 March 2003||14||8 (appointed to date)|
|Telecommunications Engineering Technician||10 April 2003||14||Appointments to be confirmed|
Whether the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal to Question HL2474 (12 May, WA 1) is consistent with the Written Answer to Question HL2475 (12 May, WA 2).[HL5345]
Under Part II, Paragraph 2 (Internal discussion and advice) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, it would be inappropriate for the Government to disclose documentation relating to discussions on the budget for the Language Body.
Baroness Amos: In accordance with the agreement made by the exchange of notes between the two Governments dated 19 November 2002, the budget for the agency for 2003 was agreed by the Government of the UK and the Government of the Republic of Ireland as part of the overall budget for the North/South Language Body. This took account of a number of factors, including in particular pressures on public expenditure in the South. The budget for 2003 has now been increased in line with revised business plans for the Irish Language Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency.
(b) how often the two United Kingdom members of the Independent Monitoring Commission have met; and
(c) what payments and expenses will be available to each of the members of this monitoring commission.[HL5103]
Baroness Amos: The four members of the Independent Monitoring Commission, including those from the United Kingdom, met for the first time on 12 October 2003. No meeting has occurred since. Specific details of costs concerning payments and expenses are being finalised. As with the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, the Government intend to make IMC accounts available in due course.
Baroness Amos: Currently there are no proposals to restrict fishing for prawns in Strangford Lough. However, should the department decide to introduce legislation, depending on the nature of the legislation required, it will consult in accordance with legislative requirements.
Baroness Amos: Since the policy on smoking was first issued in 1978, revised in 1987 and again in 1994, the NICS has been to the forefront in developing progressive workplace smoking policies aimed primarily at protecting non-smokers from the harmful effects of passive smoking.
In line with increasing workplace restrictions being placed on smokers at those early stages, it was agreed with the trade unions that, where practicable, a properly ventilated smoking room should be provided in each building. This remains the practice in many public sector and private sector organisations across the UK.
The noble Lord will be aware that a further policy review is under way and it is anticipated that this review will have a significant impact on the current position within the NICS.
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